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from  many  other  individuals,  as  well  as  an  anonymous  donor;  the  Association  of  Edison 
Illuminating  Companies;  and  the  Edison  Electric  Institute.  For  the  assistance  of  all  these 
organizations  and  individuals,  as  well  as  for  the  indispensable  aid  of  archivists,  librarians, 
scholars,  and  collectors,  the  editors  are  most  grateful. 

A  Note  on  the  Sources 
The  pages  which  have  been 
filmed  are  the  best  copies 
available.  Every  technical 
effort  possible  has  been 
made  to  ensure  legibility. 


Reel  duplication  of  the  whole  or  of 
any  part  of  this  film  is  prohibited. 
In  lieu  of  transcripts,  however, 
enlarged  photocopies  of  selected 
items  contained  on  these  reels 
may  be  made  in  order  to  facilitate 



Edison  General  File  Series 

E- 12-01  Advertising 

E-12-02  Advice 
E-12-03  Articles 

E-12-04  Autograph  and  Photograph  Requests 

E-12-05  Automobile 

E-12-06  Aviation 

E- 12-07  Banking 

E-12-08  Battery,  Primary 

E-1 2-09  Battery,  Storage  -  General 

E-1 2-1 0  Battery,  Storage  -  Country  House  Lighting 

E-1 2-1 1  Battery,  Storage  -  Delivery  Wagons  -  General 

E-1 2-1 2  Battery,  Storage  -  Delivery  Wagons  -  Endurance  Tests  [not 


E-1 2-1 3  Battery,  Storage  -  Delivery  Wagons  -  Lansden  Company 
E-1 2-1 4  Battery,  Storage  -  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company  [not 


E-1 2-1 5  Battery,  Storage  -  Electric  Vehicles 

E-1 2-1 6  Battery,  Storage  -  Federal  Storage  Battery  Car  Compay 

E-1 2-1 7  Battery,  Storage  -  Foreign  -  General 

E-1 2-1 8  Battery,  Storage  -  Foreign  -  Bergmann,  Sigmund 

E-1 2-1 9  Battery,  Storage  -  Foreign  -  Japan 

E-1 2-20  Birthday  Celebration 

E-1 2-21  Birthday  Greetings  [not  selected] 

E-1 2-22  Book  and  Journal  Orders 

E-1 2-23  Business  Propositions  [not  selected] 

E-1 2-24  Cement 

E-1 2-25  Cement  House 

E-1 2-26  Charities  and  Loans 

E-1 2-27  Christmas  and  New  Year  Greetings  [not  selected] 

E-1 2-28  Cigarettes 

E-1 2-29  Clubs  and  Societies 

E-1 2-30  Deafness 

E-12-31  Edison,  T.A. 

E-1 2-32  Edison  Club  [not  selected] 

E-12-33  Edison  Crushing  Roll  Company 
E-1 2-34  Edison  Star  [not  selected] 

E-1 2-35  Education 

E-1 2-36  Electric  Light 

E-1 2-37  Employment 

E-1 2-38  Equipment  and  Supplies 

E-1 2-39  European  Tour  (1911) 

E-1 2-40  Exhibitions 

E-1 2-41  Family 

E-1 2-42  Fan  Mail  [not  selected] 

E-1 2-43  Financial  [not  selected] 

E-12-44  Foreign-Language  Documents  (Untranslated)  [not  selected] 

E-1 2-45  Fort  Myers 

E-1 2-46  Glenmont 

E-1 2-47  Halogen  Products  Company 

E-1 2-48  Health  and  Diet 

E-1 2-49  '  nsurance  [not  selected] 

E-1 2-50  invitations  [not  selected] 

E-1 2-51  Lectures  [not  selected] 

E-1 2-52  Legal  -  General 

E-1 2-53  Legal  -  Litigation 

E-1 2-54  Menlo  Park 

E-1 2-55  Miner's  Safety  Lamp 

E-1 2-56  Mining  -  General  [not  selected] 

E-1 2-57  Mining  -  Metals  and  Other  Minerals 

E-1 2-58  Mining  -  Ore  Milling 

E-1 2-59  Motion  Pictures  -  General 

E-1 2-60  Motion  Pictures  -  Educational  Films 

E-1 2-61  Name  Use  [not  selected] 

E-1 2-62  Patents 

E-1 2-63  Personal 

E-i  2-64  Phonograph  -  General 

E-1 2-65  Phonograph  -  Edison  Phonograph  Works 

E-12-66  Phonograph  -  Foreign 

E-1 2-67  Phonograph  -  Music  Publishers 

E-12-68  Politics 

E-1 2-69  Port  Huron  [not  selected] 

E-1 2-70  Proudfoot's  Commercial  Agency  [not  selected] 

E-1 2-71  Radio 

E-1 2-72  Real  Estate 

E-1 2-73  Receipts  [not  selected] 

E-1 2-74  Religion  and  Spiritualism  [not  selected] 

E-1 2-75  Secretary  [not  selected] 

E-1 2-76  Stock  and  Bond  Offerings  [not  selected] 

E-1 2-77  Tasimeter 

E-1 2-78  Telegraph 

E-1 2-79  Telephone  [not  selected] 

E-1 2-80  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.  -  General 

E-1 2-81 
E-1 2-82 
E-1 2-83 
E-1 2-84 
E-1 2-85 
E-1 2-86 
E-1 2-87 

E-1 2-88 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.  -  Accounts 
Tidal  Power 

Warren  County  Warehouse  Company  [not  selected] 

West  Orange  Laboratory  -  General 

West  Orange  Laboratory  -  Hutchison,  Miller  Reese 

West  Orange  Laboratory  and  Associated  Companies  -  Letters 

and  Reports  to  Edison 

X-Rays  [not  selected] 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Advertising  (E-12-01) 

This  folder  contains  solicitation  letters  from  advertising  managers.  The 
selected  items  relate  primarily  to  the  promotion  of  Edison's  alkaline  storage 
battery  in  electric  automobiles.  Included  are  circulars  by  Converse  D.  Marsh 
of  the  Bates  Advertising  Co.  regarding  marketing  strategies  in  Boston. 

Approximately  40  percent  of  the  documents,  including  all  of  the 
correspondence  with  Edison  marginalia,  have  been  selected.  Among  the 
unselected  items  are  additional  circulars  by  Marsh,  solicitation  letters  from  the 
Exhibitors  Advertising  Co.  and  McClure's  Magazine,  and  an  appeal  from  the 
Glen  Ridge  Public  Schools. 


The  Converse  D.  Marsh 

r$  Spruce  St.,  New  Tork 

19  12 

This  is  a  copy  of  a  letter  we  arc  sending  the 
Electric  Vehicle  Manufacturers  not  represented  in  Bocton 
wherein  wc  are  enclosing  2  co-operative  advertising  pages 
from  the  Herald  and  Transcript. 

We  are  onclooing  you  herewith  2  pages  torn  re¬ 
spectively  from  the  Herald  and  Transcript  of  Boston  showing 
the  co-operative  advertising  page  for  the  Electric  Automobile. 

Next  Saturday  and  Sunday  there  will  be  evon  more 
of  this  advertising. 

Why  don't  you  get  representation  in  Boston,  the 
place  where  things  are  boing  done?  As  you  probably  know, 
the  Electric  Vehicle  business  iB  increasing  faster  in  How 
England  with  Boston  as  a  nucleus  than  in  any  city  in  tho  coun¬ 
try.  Ho  big  business  is  boing  done  yet  but  sales  are  doublod 
or  trebled  what  they  were  a  year  ago  and  5  or  6  tiraos  what 
they  wore  in  1910. 

Wo  don't  claim  to  scratch  the  surface  yet  but  we  do 
know  that  with  this  co-operative  advertising  going  on  we  will 
soon  have  a  fairly  big  furrow  plowed  and  I  predict  that  in  a 
year  from  now,  Boston  will  be  the  centre  of  Electric  Automobile 
activity  in  the  United  States. 

Yours  very  truly. 


The  Converse  D.  Marsh 

l$  Spruce  St.,  New  York 


19  12 


This  is  a  copy  of  a  letter 
Vehicle  Manufacturers  in  th< 

>"c  arc  sending  the 
United  Statoo. 

Mayor  Fltr.gerald  of  Boston  addressed  The  Elec¬ 
tric  Vehicle  Club  a  few  days  ago  and  ho  told  thorn,  amidst 
much  applause,,  what  Boston  was  doing  in  improved  street 
paving.  This  improvement  is  a  groat  thing  for  the  Elec¬ 
tric  Automobile  in  tho  street  of  Boston  although  in  the 
suburbs  the  streets  are  perhaps  averaged  better  than  any 
other  city  in  America,  and  the  Massachusetts  highways  have 
been  famous  ever  since  the  days  of  the  bicycle. 

Yours  very  truly. 

CD]'  /EG 

the  Dates  Advertising  Company 

office  or 





Telephone  Numbefe 

4421  Beelmian 

4422  J 




This  is  a  copy  of  a  letter  wo  are  sending  the 
Electric  Vehicle!  Manufacturers  in  the  TTnitod  States. 

On  last  Wednesday  I  road  a  paper  before  The  El¬ 
ectric  Vehicle  Club  of  Boston  which  had  a  deeper  import 
attnehed  to  it  than  simply  the  question  of  advertising. 
Yours  very  truly, 


10B.  A.  Kdinon,  <L^CX  ^ 

- . .  ^r~z<^ 

■~  “£:^j — <- 

I  would  like  very  much! to  have  I  Jy_^. — 

„  Cf 

the  advertising  _—— — T"**“ ' 

more  important  £,<-*.&Cs 

I  have  gone  intc 
game,  because  I  think  it  is 
field  today  than  any  other  i 

Ab  you  may  or  may  not  know,  X 
believe  your  judgment  to  be  practically 
infallible,  and  it  would  help  me  very 
materially,  if  I  could  learn  from  you  whether 
the  line  pursued  in  this  opening  fire,  strikes 
the  responsive  chord. 


X  expect  to  be  in  Chicago  for  the 
next  two  or  three  months.  If  you  can  spare 
a  few  moments  for  the  task,  I  should  certainly 
appreciate  a  line  from  you. 

P.  I,. 

-  P. 



the  Bates  Advertising  Company 







Telephone  Numbefc 

4420  \  . 

4421  Deekman 

4422  J 

1 9  IE . 

Thomas  A-  Edison,  Esq., 

Edison  Storage  Battery  Co., 

Orange ,  N .  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

We  have  today  mailed  you  copy  of  the  Motor 
Truck  Booklet  issued  hy  The  Edison  Electric  Illuminating 
Company,  '"his  shows  you  Just  one  activity  of  the  work  in 
Boston.  Within  the  next  six  or  eight  months  you  will  see 
results  in  Boston  that  will  surprise  you.  In  the  meantime 
I  might  call  your  attention  to 
Electric  light  Company  has  yet 
that  we  are  sending  you. 



the  fact  that  no  other 
published  a  booklet  like 

very  truly , 


,ive  Committee. 

P.  S.  This  is  a  copy  of  the  letter  we  are 
Electric  Vehicle  Manufacturers. 

sending  to  all  The 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Advice  (E-1 2-02) 

This  folder  contains  unsolicited  correspondence  from  inventors  and 
others  asking  for  Edison's  advice  on  technical  matters  or  his  assistance  in 
improving  or  promoting  inventions.  Included  are  comments  by  Edison 
regarding  the  profits  earned  by  inventors  and  remarks  concerning  specific 
technologies  or  scientific  phenomena  such  as  static  and  atmospheric 
electricity.  Also  included  are  comments  about  the  work  of  Swedish  scientist 
Svante  Arrhenius  and  German  physicist  Hermann  von  Helmholtz.  Some  of  the 
letters  pertain  to  consumer  demand  for  refrigeration  and,  in  the  aftermath  of 
the  1912  Titanic  disaster,  methods  for  detecting  icebergs  in  sea  water. 

Less  than  5  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  items  received  a  perfunctory  reply  or  no  answer  from  Edison. 

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Scheme  for  saving  lives  of  miners 

Jan,  10,  1912 
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in  case  of  mine  explosions.  ft£ 

Mr.  Thos.  A.  Edison,  aL*yfc*V  ‘T^'^'V  \ 

For  some  time  past  whenever  l  vea.A^&^  a 

attendant  loss  of  life,  I  always  think*^^3st3tvCy^w^^^rc\cC 
have  been  saved  by  use  of  the  following  A&cvjXe^ apparatus^  0 

Place  at  convenient  positions  th^ghout  |the  mine  smakfrooms 
built  of  concrete  or  steel  or  iron  plate  of  the  necessary  thickr^ss,  and 
rendered  as  nearly  air  tight  as  possible,  into  which  the  men  could  go  in 
case  of  accident.  These  rooms  to  be  connected  with  the  outside  world  by 
means  of  telephone  connection,  pipes  for  pumping  fresh  air  to  the  men,  and 
ventilating  the  rooms.  P-robhbly  it  would  be  possible  to  send  liquid  food 
through  pipes  to  these  rooms  as  well.  Also  some  stock  of  canned  goods 
might  be  kept  in  the  rooms.  Thus  the  men  would  be  able  to  exist  for  some 
time  in  comparative  safety,  until  their  rescue  could  be  efected,  and  their 
whereabouts  amd  condition  could  be  known  by  means  of  the  telephone. 

Personally  1  am  not  in  position  to  know  the  conditions  in  the 
mines  at  such  times,  and  this  scheme  may  not  be  at  all  practicable  for 
some  good  reasons  which  I  am  unable  to  anticipate.  If  there  is  any  value 
in  it  I  would  be  glad  to  see  it  carried  out  in  the  interest  of  humanity. 

If  there  is  value  in  the  idea  as  a  business  proposition  for  a 
pattentee  or  manufacturer  I  would  be  glad  to  profit  by  it  as  the  originator 
of  the  idea,  but  am  in  no  position  to  try  it  out  for  myself. 

I  do  not  really  expect  an  answer  to  this  letter  (  and  I  appologize 
for  trespasing  on  your  time  etc.)  unless  you  see  value  in  the  idea  and  feel 
disposed  to  make  reply. 

Very  respectfully, 


#512  Fitch  St.,  Elmira,  M.Y. 

Mr  Thomas  A.  EdiBon 
Menloe  Park  K.J< 
Dear  Sir:- 

^inghamton  N.Y.  Jan  15th.  1912 

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I  hope  you  will  pSbabi  ray  freedom  in  address ing  you, 

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I  am  in  serious  need  of ^dVi'ce^and  knowing  of'jfour  wid|  elxperi 

lArCOt<-  C*.  V^w\w«uw  o^u.evrv  «vw<Ujj  » •-* 

enoe  in  patent  matters  and  l^buls^^^d5°rL^™*  ^  a^ki^- 
this  favor  which  if  granted  I  assure  you^rill  not  js  forgotten  if 
X  am  successful  with  ray  invention.  _ 

I  have  Invented  a  nut  lock,  which  is  an  ^solute  look, nut 
a  highly  ornamental  device,  but  a  simple  device  that  locks  by  obstru 
ction  instead  of  by  friction  as  most  inventions  of  this  class  do. 

My  papers  have  just  been  filed  in  the  patent  Office  so  I 
cannot  describe  it  yet  but  will  send  you  full  dlscription  later. 

My  object  in  writing  you  is  for  advice  as  to  the  most 
advantagious  manner  of  marketing  my  invention,  the  amount  X  should 
expect  to  get  for  it  &  ect.  I  will  stato  here  there  is  no  question 
as  to  the  efficency  of  my  device  as  I  have  given  it  a  rigid  test 
and  the  cost  ftf  manifacture  will  be  extremely  small  perhaps  one 
cent  per  nut  above  the  regular  cost  of  same. 

The  nut  can  be  applied  to  any  bolt  without  any  previous 
preparation  of  the  bolt  so  you  may  base  your  advice  on  the  assumption 
that  the  device  is  absolutely  practical  and  economical  of  construction 
As  a  device  of  this  kind  is  more  needed  by  railroads  than 
any  other  class  of  consumers  X  have  conceived  the  idea  of  trying  to 
sell  the  rights  to  the  various  rail  road  corporations  at  a  per  mile 
rate,  on  their  holdings. 

Thomas  A.  Edison  #3 

Rather  than  sell  the  patent  outright  to  one  oompany. 

Hoping  the  foregoing  information  is  sufficient  for  yoy  to  form 
an  intelligent  opinion  of  my  needs. 

I  will  close  with  a  farther  assurance  that  any  advice  you  may  be 
able  to  give  that  will  assist  me  in  advantages ly  disposing  of  my 
patent  will  receive  an  equitable  enumeration. 

I  remain  respectfully  yours. 




Orange  ,11.  J . 

;?an  15-12 

Boar  Sir :  . 

Have  you  over  investigated  the  natter  of  whether  there  is  not 
a  considerable  quantity  of  elootriety  generated  from  a  stean  pipe  and 
engine  while  the  sane  is  in  operation?  The  writer  Believes  that  there 
is  considerable  on  account  of  the  friction  of  all  the  parts  mainly 
nade  by  the  friction  of  the  stean.  It  is  possible  there  is  enough 
of  Intent  fcleetricty  in  theso  parts  if  thorc  was  sone  means  of 
sane  off  and  putting  it  into  commercial  use  .to  bo  of  value. 

Very  respectfully,^ 

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Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange , 

Sir:-  ’ta- 

I  am  writing  to  you  for  information.^%^.4 

I  have  filed  an  application  for  pate in  the^U. -S^y^fcgnt  Ojj-  ^ 
fioe  for  a  machine,  of  »hich  the  A  Zfr X 

in*  model  in  order  to  enable  them  to  fully'knd  readily  understand  its  «■ 


precise  operation.  And  I  am  enclosing herewith  drawing  an^a  wrft^ 
ten  desription  of  it,  which  I  would  ^mce  for'"yout^  look  over;  tt^T 
is  to  say,  if  you  have  no  objections  and  give  me  your  opinion  as  tq 
its  feasibility.  ^  ^  *U*m~~*. 

It  is  very  artful  in  design,  and  can  not  be  made  under  ordinary 
circumstances,  as  much  skill  and  a  great  deal  of  money  is  required. 

I  have  some  money,  but  not  enougjTDo  carry  out  my  plan,  and  it  is  my 
object  in  view  to  get  sufficient jWprital^behind  me  to  make  the  proper 
experiments,  and,  for  this  reas^\_^^Xwc3Jgip^#n^Mq)laining  the  : 
matter  to  you,  because  I  believe  tha^Oif  I  can  get  you  to  sanction  or 
regard  my  theory  as  worthy  of  att^niJor^V^fii&i^e^fc^^ persons  as 
Mr.  Carnegie  to  defray  the  expense  of  experimenting,  whrchgjg*,  in  my 
opinion,  the  only  sure  way  of  knowing  whether  or  not  it  is  foible. 

I  understand  that  in  1902  Mr.  Carnegie,  with  a  gift^f  ten  mil¬ 
lion  dollars,  founded  in  Washington  the  Carnegie  Insj^ute  for  Orig¬ 
inal  Research,  and  that  the  policy  of  the  Institution  is  that  only 
those  inquiries  are  aided  which  give  promise  of  fruit,  and  in  every 
case  the  grantee  requires  to  be  a  man  of  proved  ability.  I  am  not  a 
man  of  proved  ability;  but,  nevertheless,  I  entend  to  ask  this  In¬ 
stitution  for  aid  any  way,  and  I  thought  that  it  would  be  best  for  me 
to  f irBt  explain  matters  to  you  and  get  you  to  approve  of  my  plan  and 
I  ask  you,  for  this  reason,  to  look  over  my  drawing,  etc.,  and  then, 
if  you  have  any  confidence  in  its  feasibility  and  do  not  care  for  me 
using  your  name  and  influence  in  procuring  money  to  make  such  exper¬ 
iments;  that  is,  so  for  as  your  opinion  goes,  I  would  be  glad  if  you 


would  state  the  confidence  you  have  in  it,  in  a  letter  and  also  give 
me  permission  to  use  the  letter  to  help  influence  persons  to  whom 
I  may  apply  for  help.  In  other  words,  it  is  necessary  that  I  furnish 
positive  evidence  that  the  invention  is  feasible  before  I  can  procure 
financial  assistance  from  any  man  of  intelligence,  and  if  you  will 
send  me  a  certificate  which  furnishes  such  evidence  that  will  enable 
me  to  convince  men,  such  as  Mr.  Carnegie,  that  my  views  on  the  sub¬ 
ject  deserve  the  carful  examination  by  such  exact  tests  that  will 
enable  ub  to  KNOW,  not  guess,  whether  or  not  such  a  machine  is  or  is 
not  operative,  you  will  do  me  a  great  favor.  If,  on  the  other  hand, 
you  think  the  invention  is  feasible  and  desire  to  become  a  joint 
patentee  in  the  matter;  that  is,  so  far  as  foreign  patents  are  con¬ 
cerned  i  you  may  do  so  if  you  desire  to  furnish  the  required  sum  your¬ 
self  for  making  the  experiments,  etc.  But  this,  however,  does  not 
include  the  United  States  patent.  I  understand  that  the  time  in 
which  to  file  patent  applications  under  the  rules  of  the  Internation¬ 
al  agreement  has  recently  been  extended  to  twelve  months,  which 
begins  to  run  from  the  date  of  filing  the  United  States  application, 
which  gives  the  inventor  an  opportunity  to  secure  foreign  patents  on 
all  the  countries  which  are  members  of  the  Union,  which  are:  Austria, 
Hungary,  Great  Britain,  United  States,  France,  Germany,  Switzerland, 
Spain,  Belgium,  Italy,  Netherlands,  Denmark,  Norway  and  Sweden, 
Portugal,  Mexico,  Servia,  Tunis,  Brazil,  Guatemala,  San  Domingo, 
Queensland,  Australia,  New  Zealand,  Dutch  East  Indies,  Japan,  Cuba, 
and  Dutch  WeBt  Indies.  In  the  event  you  should  want  to  take  me  up 
on  this  proposition  and  become  a  joint  patentee  on  the  foreign  pat¬ 
ents, please  write  me  what  proportion  of  these  patents  you  would  want 
for  this  service. 

My  invention  relates  to  means  for  making  possible  the  production 
of  perpetual  motion,  and  it  consists  of  a  device  which  is  admirably 
adapted  to  accomplish  the  purpose  in  view.  But,  nevertheless,  it 
proves  a  work  of  time  and  some  difficulty  to  remove  an  impression  so 

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Mr.  Thomas. A.  Edison,  ^  jL\<, 

Orange,  Usw  dorsey^  ^ 

Dear  Sir:  U°co^4  ^  ^  ^'f  ^ 

Please  pardon  tho  liberty  I  am  taking.  But  I 
want  to  see  if  you  can  help  mo  out  'in  trying  to  get  rid 
of  the  Sulphur  and  lead  that  is  in  the  sample  of  Cotton  ^ 

Seed  Oil  that  I  am  sending  you  .tod^y  under  separate  cov^,  f 

er-  ^  , 

/n  Hr  CO  t/Lc  o  IvC.jfc^W 

.  With  youruhorough  knowledge  of  electricity, 

I't-seems  to  mo  that  you  could  find  a  way  to  aP^y  °^^: 
ricity  to  this  Oil  that  wouia  make  the  lead  and,  sulphur 
precipitate.  ^  oCr  ^  *,2^6 

to  »okolte^krs?s.oSSMo''’'«^ 

“?  «,*  au 

and  four  hundred  degrees  fahrenheit,  and  if  it  turns  the 
Oil  black,  or  if  it  turns  the  silver  black,  we  cannot  use 
the  Oil,  but  if  it  leaves  the  silver  and  oil  untouched,  it 

I,  on  .isht  to 

If  you  woul^VLike  to  have  a  larger  sample  of  Oil 
I  will  take  great  pleasure  in  .sending  it  to  yo»*"-  (v.hci-CvJv 

Another  thing  I  would  like  tdjask  and  that  is  what 

Another  thing  I  wouia  like  toyasK  anu  “““  - 

Dimple  method  could  I  use  to  let  electricity feo  i -S-1, 
Could  I  use  a  transformer  attached  to  an  e^eot^°ld 

light  fixture,  and  let  the  two  wires  lay  in  the  Oil?  V/ould 
that  have  any  acti^on^  whateva^on  the 

VT'U  - - K 

Jjr&eJL  * 


If  not  takinp  too  much  of  your  valuable  time 
will  you  please  answer  as  quick  as  possible. 

Yours  very  truly, 
H.D.V/III3HIP  &  CO. 


April  3,  1912 

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Dear  gir^  t,;T<A  V*o— - 

I  appeal  to  you  as  an  expert. 

VO  ovu-  <*-/v'fAt  el>U.nie'Jc  « -t'V'A^T  • 

Wi$l  Vou  (please  tell  me  if  \ 

C.cnvi*i-»»-/-Cv4  4|i.uh<k(  im  (lv.«  C-WfvC,-) 

^  there  is  any  truth  |or  possibility,  of  ^ 

^Truth  inj  thp  statement's  contained,  in 
vuVlw  w»i- r^vc-iv*-—*  (X-yv  *•*  i, 
the  enclosed,  newspaper  clipping? 

r  truly  yours ,  C&~ 

^  Jt' 

ity  Superintendent  of  Sc 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Llewellyn  Park,  Orange,  N.  J. 

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K^y  \c//> '//or/'-, 

April  20,  1912 


r  work  you  are  some- 
times  interested  in  new  power  plants.  The  writer  would  like  to 
ask  if  you  Lav.-  ever  seriously  considered  the  first  oil  engine 
on  the  marketjWViich -rivals  the  steam  engine  in  reliability  and 
at  the  same  lime  far  excels  any  other  form  of  motive  power  in  eoon 
omy.  We  can  point  to  a  record  of: 

1  b.H.P.  with  a  fuel  cost  of  l/6th  of  a  cent  per  hour. 

Ir  y,H1  w-uld  like  to  have  »  copy  of  engineering  data,  tests,  et 

k.,,.slv  a) vi ae  ar.o  itwHl  he  sent  promptly, 
showing  this  economy,  K.n.iy  aivi-.e 

Please  c so  s-te  If  you  wish  to  receive  any  interesting  literature 
we  publish  on  the  subject  from  time  to  time. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Vice  Pres^ 


O^a  3-ffi.c  "  ~  *  X  .  'IL^  s“' 

^  iUb^y,  N.Y. ,  April  22f(^|- 

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Mr.  Thomas  A.  Sells  on,  "  *"  •■  I 


vJ^  \\^t--t- 
Llsipllyn  Sark,  H.J. 

Dear  Sir,- 

You  have  done  so  much  to  make  lifer®01,0  worth  living, 
that  I  want  to  v/rite  to  you  about  something  which  you  can  ao  to 
add  to  your  long  list  of  helpful  achievements.  It  is  for  the 
housekeeping  women  that  I  write.  The  problem  that  much  concerns 
them  now  is  the  family  ice  box.  It  is  a  necessity,  but  it  also  is 
a  nuisance.  It  drips  into  a  waste  pan  when  that  is  not  running  o- 
ver,  either  because  we  forget  to  empty  it  on  time,  or  because  it 
has  filled  faster  than  usual  on  account  of  the  weather.  Also,  it 
is  a  damp  contraption  and  might  be  oiled  "nasty"  at  timeB.  How, 
why  can  not  you,  with  your  great  knowledge  of  chemistry,  invent 
some  sort  of  a  freezing  mixture  that  could  be  placed  daily,  or, 
better  yet ,  two  or  three  timeB  a  week,  into  a  receptacle  that  we 
could  place  in  the  ice  compartment  of  the  ice  box,  and  which  would 
give  off  a  dry  cold  that  would  take  the  place  of  the  faBt  melt¬ 
ing  wet  ice?  Of  course  the  mixture  would  have  to  be  cheap  and  the 
container  ought  not  to  cost  too  much,  although  I  think  that  any 
woman  would  be  willing  to  pay  reasonably  to  get  such  a  boon  as 
this  artificial  cooler  wo  uld  be. 

Respectfully  yours. 

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in  the  temperature  or  tne  sea  water,  indicating  the  proximity 
of  ice,  might  I  fancy  oe  contained  in  a  cigar  shaped  enclosure 
to  he  towed  astern  or  a  vessel  ny  a  wire,  somewhat  as  is  now 
the  patent  ship's  log.  the  apparatus  on  the  principle  of 
a  iirnace  thermostat  ana  Dy  means  of  an  electric  connection 
to  ring  a  oell  on  the  bridge  when  danger  was  indicated. 

seems  to  me  when  it  is  necessary  to  cut  into  asphalt 
pavements  for  the  laying  of  a  sunway,  for  Instance,  it  might 
he  done  where  a  trolley  or  arc  light  wire  was  accessible  by 
constructing  a  metal  sleage  with  sharp  \J  shaped  runners 
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white  hot  Dy  electricity  and  drawing  the  sledge  or  sleigh 
slowly  over  the  course,  I  imagine  that  the  asphalt  would  be 

Very  respectfully  yours, 

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Louis  H.  Seuhert,  who  haB  recently  demonstrated  to  me  his 
patent  hall  hearing,  says  that  he  called  upon  you  some  time  ago  and  that  you 
were  considerahly  impressed  with  this  article. 

May  I  ask  you  for  your  general  opinion  as  to  the  value  of  this  hall 
hearing,  if  you  remember  the  incident  of  his  visit,  and  are  you  willing  to 
tell  me  whether  or  not  you  consider  it  worthy  of  manufacture. 

Anything  you  may  he  good  enough  to  say  X  will  of  course  regard  as 
strictly  confidential. 

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view  to  the  utilization  of  it  in  our  hand¬ 
some  new  building? 

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know  that  we  are  about  to  become  the  State 
printers  for  the  Commonwealth  of  Massachusetts. 
Wish  sonc  time  when  you  are  in  Boston  you  could 
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obtain  enorpv  dirict  from  coal. 

kalce  coal  to  a  fine  dust,  and  inject  the  dust  together 
with  compresed  air  into  a  motor  cylinder.  Somewhat  in  the 
line  of  the  DissGl  Motor. 

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Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

o/o  national  Phonograph  Go., 
Orange,  I.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Under  separate  cover  please  find  an  electrical  device, 
manufactured  in  Japan,  which  can  he  carried  in  the  pocket. 

By  pressing  one  of  the  button  the  instrument  is  used 
as  a  search  light  and  by  pressing  the  other  button  tho  instru¬ 
ment  is  used  as  a  cigar  lighter. 

I  have  never  seen  any  such  device  manufactured  in 
America  and  take  the  liberty  of  suggesting  that  you  place  some 
such  device  on  the  market.  It  would  certainly  have  a  great 
sale,  especially  among  those  accustomed  to  use  autumobiles. 

In  case  you  adopt  this  suggestion  I  feel  sure  that  I 
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Snstrument  &  (£0.  page ...M.... 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

shortest  possible  time. 

nopinE  that  I  have  not  bothered  you  too  much  already, 
I  ;:eg  to  remain, 





Ur.  Thomas  A*  Edison, 
Orange,  IT.  J. 



MR.  WfLUi  i«.  rOS't 

Bear  Sirt- 

Ur.  0.  W.  Post  is  anxious  to  seoure  the  ' 

names  and  addresses  of  manufacturers  of  delioate  ^  O' 
instruments  which  show  the  amount  or  variation  afQ 
electricity  in  the  atmosphere  and  in  the  eartyOif 
such  instruments  are  made.  “ 

He  wishes  to  use  this  in  connection 
with  his  rain  making  experiments.  If  you  know  of  any 
such  parties  will  you  kindly  send  us  the  names  and 
addresses  and  very  muoh  oblige, 

Peekskill  N.Y. 



£S£r»t  W'aU-S^lLoglBg’l 
icing  your  Work . 

Moscow.  Russia. 

14/37  August  1912. 

for  troubling  you  with  my  letter 

Thomas  Edisson,  Esq. 

taking  ^ 

I  have  decided  to  write  you,  being  fond  of  the  work  which 
is  here  s^okeji^S y)sii&  believing  that  it  can  be  of  some  service  in 
the  business  that  it  concerns. 

in  th e’.Htt&lb sure  is  described  the  construction  of  an  appara- 
tus  for  making  groups  of  contacts  with  different  periods  of  separate 
contacts,  >r>Sb'/- means  of  pressing  on  separate  keys. 

^  1  this  apparatus,  working  three  years  with  the 

idea  of  arranging  a  keyboard  for  direct  transmission  of  the  Morse 

characters  which  would  be  more  convenient  for  manipulation  than  trans- 
...  . ,  p.QOV  '  , 

missijpfiNfey 'the  ordinary  Morse  key  (  XVrt  ). 

To  what  extent  this  aim  is  attained  by  my  apparatus,  it  is  not 

for  me  to  Judge  before  you  but  I  will  tell  you  only  what  I  have  done: 

I  have  arranged  an  apparatus  (photograph  of  which  is  enclo¬ 
sed)  as  per  the  enclosed  plans,  for  lack  of  time,  with  only  11  cha¬ 
racters.  With  it  I  made  a  trial  of  transmission  at  19  kilometres. 

I  send  you  a  piece  of  the  tape  with  the  characters  received  on  theN 
receiving  apparatus  during  thlB  transmission  (at  a  speed  of  3  cha-\^ 
racters  to  the  second).  The  characters  on  the  tape  have  not  come  out 
clear  because  they  were  badly  made  in  the  model. 

I  am  sending  you  also  a  section  model  of  the  apparatus, 
which  comprises  one  key  (letter  F).  As  you  see,  the  construction  is 
very  simple,-  almost  all  the  parts  can  be  made  by  stamping. 

On  the  8-th  October  I9II  (new  otyle )  I  applied  for  patent 
In  Russia  (without  "THE  APPLIANCE  TO  PRESS  UPON  THE  KEYS  AT  WILL  »  ) 
-Certificate  N2  49832,  8-th  October  I9II. 

I  have  not  applied  for  patent  anywhere  else. 

I  taKe  the  liberty  or  offering  my  worlc  for  your  attention. 
If  you  find  that  this  apparatus  can  be  applied  practically  ar.d  If 
you  wish  to  undertake  anything  for  Its  realisation  then  I  am  enti¬ 
rely  at  your  service. 

Here  in  Russia  it  is  very  difficult  to  carry  out  anything 
new  as  here  both  official  institutions  and  private  persons  are  accus¬ 
tomed  to  utilise  only  what  is  already  Known  and  already  tried  by 
others  ;  they  have  a  great  distrust  of  anything  new. 

I  do  not  wish  to  trespass  further  on  your  time  to  relate  to 
you  any  of  my  other  worlc  In  this  provlance,  and  in  conclusion  I 
again  apologise  for  troubling  you. 

With  best  wishes, 

I  am,  Dear  Sir,  Yours  respectfully  ^ 

p.S.  I  am  a  Bulgarian  ;  I  have  been  in  Russia  only  four  years  and 
am  employed  as  an  electro-technlc . 

Russia,  Moscow.  Mjasnitzlcaja,  N5  60,  KV.N2  14. 
N.  Kapanoff. 

Adress : 

If  you  find  it  necessary  to  apply  for  patent  in  your  country, 
then  please  inform  me  of  this,  if  it  is  not  already  too  late. 

(The  application,  as  you  Know,  will  only  he  legal  if  filed  not  latter 
than  the  6-th  October  (new  style)  of  this  year).  I  have  already  pre¬ 
pared  plans  and  description,  which  I  can  send  you,  together  with  the 
necessary  testimonial,  Immediately. 

Perhaps  it  will  he  interesting  to  you  to  have  some  informa¬ 
tion  with  reference  to  the  application  of  various  systems  of  tele¬ 
graph  apparata  here  in  Russia: 

a)  The  most  widely  used  is  of  course  apparatus  Morse. 

h)  Weatston's  apparatus  is  used  to  some  extent  (more  in 
Siberia,  generally  in  Asiatic  Russia). 

c)  The  Hughe's  apparatus  is  going  out  use. 

d)  The  Bodot  apparatus  is  used  in  very  limited  quantities 
(complete  installation  of  two  stations  of  the  "quadruplex  Bodot 
costs  36000  francs). 

e)  The  Murray  apparatus  is  not  used. 

Generally  expensive  apparata,  which  need  careful  attantion, 
have  no  chance  of  extensive  use  here  in  Russia.  The  majority  of  Rus¬ 
sians  have  not  the  ability  to  apply  themselves  diligently  to  mecha¬ 
nism,  as  the  people  in  your  country  are  accustomed  to  do  (I  saw  a 
telegraphist  tie  his  cigarette  to  the  regulator  of  a  Morse  apparatus 
in  order  to  slacken  the  pace),  therefore  a  simple  apparatus  similar 
to  that  mentioned  above  would  be  widely  adopted  here. 




Forest  City,  Pa.  September  12,  1912. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  ^  ^  '  3fS^roaeWj 

East  Orange,  N  •  J  •  ^  ^  (  ^ 

V.’hy  is  it  that  manu  requires  two  eyes  so  situated  that 
he  may  focus  them  in  unison  upon  objects  looked  at,  in  order^p  see 
in  relief.  q^^Lsxm,  e>SJL-  -Le-dL^ 

I  have  discovered  th©  secret  of  Binooular  Vision,  and 
have  produced  a  perfect  relief  or  solidity  of  effect  when  viewed 
with  a  single  eye.  ^ 

By  a  certain  prooess  or  method  I  oan^produce  a  scene 
upon  a  view  finder,  as  viewed  with  one  eye,  so^fetrrtt-appears  out  * 
in  a  perfect  relief  or  Steroscopic  effect. 

I  have  every  reason  to  believe  that  this  effect  may  be 
reproduced  on  the  regular  moving  pictures  scene  tt-  upon  a  single 

you  understand,  Mr.  Edison,  that  photographs  as  well  as 
Moving  Pictures  are  void  of  relief  or  solidity  of  effect.  While  they 
have  a  certain  ammount  of  Perspective  —  the  true  relief  as  viewed 
with  the  eyes  naturely  or  through  a  steroscope  is  entirely  lost. 

They  tell  me  you  are  always  interested  in  new  ideas  and 
discoveries,  and  if  you  feal  interested  in  this  matter  1  will  be  glad 
to  take  this  up  further  with  you,  provided  I  might  be  assured  of  your 
personal  attention. 

Yours  very  truly. 

•  ft/te 







Some  twelve 

fifteen  years  ago,  there  waa  marketed  a 
thermo  dynamic  pile,  used  or  intended  to  be  used  by  the  telegraph 
companies  to  do  away  with  primary  battery  for  their  local  circuits. 

This  couple  or  pile  was  heated  on  a  gas  jet,  and  I  under¬ 
stand  that  your  company  bought  the  outfit  and  took  it  off  the  market. 

I  am  making  some  experiments  and  would  like  to  get  one  of  those 
couples,  if  you  still  have  any  of  them.  If  you  can  furnish  me  with 
a  sample,  and  advise  me  as  to  the  patent  condition,  and  what  royalty 
your  company  would  ask  for  this  equipment. 

I  appreciate  the  diet  that  this  dates  back  ten  or  twelve  years 
and  will  have  to  be  referred  to  several  departments  for  reply*  but  the 
matter  is  quite  urgent,  and  I  believe  it  will  pay  you  to  take  the  mat¬ 
ter  up,  and  let  me  hear  from  you  at  your  earliest  convenience. 

I  would  like  to  have  the  following  information: 

Can  you  furnish  the  original  outfit  as  marketed,  and  at  what 
price?  What  is  the  output  in  capacity,  volts  and  amperes,  and  at  what 
or  in  other  words,  how  many  B.  T.  U's  per  Watt? 


Thomas  A.  Edison  Co.> 

Oct.  4th,  1913. 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  this  information,  we 
Yourn  respectfully, 



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X  expect  shortly  to  issue  £ 

Feasibility  of  an  universal  Alphabet':  After  n 

careful  study  of  the  phonetics  of  the  world '  sNrtiltured  languages- - 
thanks  to  the  facilities  offered  to  me  at  the  library  of  Congress 
by  Mr .11  Putnam  and  at  the  Smithsonian  by  Mr .Scudder—  I  have  come 
to  the  conclusion  that  such  an  alphabet  presents  no  insuperable 
difficulty  and  that  its  vocal  fixation  and  subsequent  disser.inatior 
belongs  properly  to  your  invention--  the  graphopuone. 

It  presents  no  longer  any  difficulty  that  should  deter 
us  from  so  necessary  a  step  which  is  bound  to  come  sooner  or  later 
We  certainly  do  not  wish  to  admit  that  we  are  still 
for  such  an  undertaking.  It  can  be  so  and  it  should 
over  .that  u  word  .written,  no  matter  from  what  language  should  leave- 
no  question  in  the  mind  of  the  reader  as  to  its  proper  pronunciation 
or  accent.  How  is  it  now?  le  there  one 
you  would  accept  as  authority  on  the  pi 
names  occurring  in  a  daily  newspaper?  . 
dona  by  having  a  simple  alphabet  without  diacritical  murks,  except 
one  to  point  out  the  accent  of  that  word, but  with  a  letter  for 
every  well-defined  sound, using  the  Homan, if  you  wish, as  a  basis, 
since  this  is  gaining  the  most  ground. 

i  uncivilized 
so  the  world 

in  all  America  whom 
iciation  of  even  the 
it  can  be  so.  It  can 

X  have  already  been  able  to  arrange  the  vorel  sounds , the  most 
difficult  portion  therefore, in  a  soientifio  and  graphic  manner,  that 
leaves  no  doubt  behind  as  to  the  correct  sound  of  any  vowel  ir.  question 
X  now  wish  to  ash  the  question:  Can  the  graphophone  be  so  altered 
as  to  admit  readily  of  setting  the  same  at  any  particular  place  or 
sound  and  to  prolong  and  repeat  that  soud  at  libitum?  If  this  can  be 
done/  it  will  prove  the  means  of  a  closer  union  between  all  the  nations 
of  the  world  and  will  do  more  for  the  World's  Peace  movement  than  all 
the  millions  Hr.  Carnegie  has  devoted  to  that  purpose.  It  can  be  done. 

Of  the  4000  or  more  existing  languages  there  are  less  than  a  hundred 
cultured  languages  endowed  with  a  literature .only  these  require  our 
consideration.  Of  these  only,  the  sounds  collected , fixed  by  letter 
and  redistributed  will  form  an  alphabet  for  each  nation  and  a  complete 
universal  alphabet  for  each  nation's  scholars  while  the  graphophone 
will  be  the  abiding  record  and  the  type  as  the  platinum  metre  in  Paris 
is  the  type  in  exact  measurement".  This  means  for  you  a  number  of  grapho- 
phones  in  every  nation  ana  their  normal  schools. 

hoping  that  such  charges  in  the  graphophone  can  readily  be 

Very  respectfully  yours 

/jl//  G  S'G' 

©ttauia  SCattaaa  (Ear  Wnrka 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edisoi 

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Please  note  carbon  copy  o^ietteranclosed,  which  I  have  apnt  ^ 

>  of  the  Universities  hoping  me B0tae  jipf  ormatlon.  ^  ^ 

Of  course  and  beyond  the  sk&^^FaldoubjI  ^u^could  efilve  this 

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problem  easily  and  simply  if  brought  to  youratifent*l°i  - 
time  and  inclination  to  give  it  a  very  little  thou^ti^.___--- ^ 
If  you  have  not  the  time  or 'inc f^nali o^co^ld  you  refer  it 
ie  most  likely  to  help  me?  " 

Yours  very  truly. 

©ttauia  Kansas  (Ear  Works 

(Ottawa.  Kansan  Nov.  23  1912 

Hr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.J.  Exploration  of  the  bottom  of  bodies  of 

clear  water t 

Dear  Sir :  —  - <hhhhhhhhhhhhhj« 

Please  accept  my  thanks  for  your  letter  of  Nov.  19th.  in  reply 
to  mine  of  14th. 

If  you  can  possibly  remember  names  of  experimenters  who  saw 
objects  in  120  feet  of  water  at  night  I  would  bo  very  much  obliged 
for  the  information  so  I  can  get  in  touch  with  them.  I  have  written  to 
all  the  Universities  and  Technical  Schools  to  learn  what  they  know 
on  this  subject  but  so  far  vour  letter  is  the  only  encouragement  I 
have  had  to  proceed. 

Yours  very  truly. 

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Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Articles  (E-1 2-03) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  requesting  Edison  to  write  articles, 
letters  from  journalists  seeking  to  interview  him,  and  unsolicited 
correspondence  relating  to  articles  about  Edison  or  his  inventions.  Many  of 
the  letters  bear  marginalia  by  Edison.  Among  the  documents  for  1912  are 
Frank  W.  Taussig's  review  of  Edison,  His  Life  and  Inventions  in  the  Quarterly 
Journal  of  Economics  (August  1912)  and  a  draft  letter  by  Edison  to  the  St. 
Louis  Republic  concerning  his  alkaline  storage  battery.  The  correspondents 
include  longtime  Edison  associate  Francis  Jehl;  Pierre  V.  R.  Key,  music  critic 
for  the  New  York  World ;  journalist  Edward  Marshall;  Russian-born  writer  Ivan 
Narodny;  and  A.  Ratner,  an  engineer  and  publicist  in  St.  Petersburg. 

Approximately  30  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  material  consists  of  items  which  received  a  perfunctory  response 
or  no  reply  from  Edison. 

Scientific  American 

yixfrftf  sc.  co.  k/o 

January  8,  1912. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Fdison, 
Orange ,  M .  J. 
Dear  Sir:- 

The  Scientific  American  would  like  to  publish  a  ra 

complete  article  on  your  Concrete  Furniture,  as  soon  as  you  are 
ready  to  give  it  attention.  Could  you  tell  us  approximately 

:essary  information?/; 

va  it}i^u|n^ 

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Mr.  ThomaB  A.  Edison,  ^ 

Hanlo  Park,  New  Jersey .  'J>tf 

Dear  Sir:- 

UTould  you  kindly  tell  me  if  anything  came  of  your  "auto¬ 
matic  stores"  idea?  (Times,  May  15,  1910).  I  liked  it.  Have  you 
any  printed  matter  on  city  markets?  I  am  collecting  data  on  the 
subject,  from  this  country  and  Europe. 


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March  25,  1912. 

Bear  Mr.  S' i eon: 

Your,  letter  saia  you  would  he  ready  for  me  In 
"one  week,  or  two  weeks",  hut  I've  been  111.  Today 
was  my  first  whole  day  out  for  many  weeks.  '.Vheri  may 
I  oo me  over? 

Thomas  A.  S  ison,  Hs.-,uire, 
The  Edison  laboratory. 
Orange , 

Sew  Jersey. 


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entirely,  and  not  any  favors.  /; 

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by  survivors  of  the  pa s s enger s.  ° 

Ky  surrestion  is  that  all  these  life  boats, of  the  new 

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Sow  that  it  means  a  wrecking  party  survivors, 

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'  fu^torato  of  the  First  Baptist  Churoh 

at  nights tosrn,  B.  J. 

“0.  P.  Eaofesa,  t.  D. 

To  Hon.  Edvard  tauterbaoh, 

How  Tort  City. 

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ciUaono,  a  very  *a&  c^to 

KOB  Erur.onich,  Canada ,  *h«ra  C .  w  by  all  —  a  man  of 

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tie  history  of  thlc  seetion  for  f  ^  cotorial  service  in  tho  Kothodiot 

noc-na.  ,,r>  ^VVeron**  mother  sac  a  pioun,  devoted  Christian 

aoiam  bolovod  by  all.  respootfuiiy. 

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his  vary  highly.  3WS»r<llQnu0ff^h^Ipiviai^*of  the  tho  Pennsylvania  S.S. 
Ui&tbtosn  is  on  thv  X£boy  tivioxon  opo  sovo;1  cl-lUrCha® 

half  nay  botveon  Saw , Yo^n m lA  ^  m-p^ra to?'  sonool.  The  town  io  in 

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would  certainly  have  done  myself  the  honor  of  calling  upon  you 
before  but  for  the  dreadful  Titanic  disaster.  In  working 
30  hours  with  but  one  hours  sloop  in  my  nows  paper  capacity 
in  the  interests  of  my  dear,  distinguished  and  now  departed 
friend  and  hero  the  Col. John  Jacob  Astor,  I  gave  up  a  weeks 
time  to  this  matter.  I  would  be  pleased  to  avail  myself 
of  your  kind  mention  of  the  fact  that  you  are  usually  in 
your  office  and  call  upon  you  on  Uonday  of  next  week. 

The  movement  I  have  suggested  in  my  letter  to  you 
regarding  the  Ocean  crafts  I  am  pleased  they  liave  met  with 
your  endorsement.  I  have  not  mentioned  these  matters  to 
anyone  but  yourself.  I  see  that  the  United  States  Govern¬ 
ment  lias  offered  large  sums  of  money  for  the  most  improved 
plans  and  methods  for  life  saving,  and  to  make  Ocean  traffic 

Permit  me  to  trust  that  you  are  enjoying  your  usual 
good  health  and  may  you  long  live  to  be  a  blessing  to  man 
kind  is  the  sincere  wish  of  your  newspaper  friend  and 


13th  May,  1912. 

Thoa.  A.  Edison  Esq., 
Edison  Laboratory, 


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Telephone:  Interlaken  9. 

.  A.  Edison, 

West  Orange , 

Hew  Jersey,  U.S.A 

°!  ' 

Dear  Sir*you  may  remember. that  during  your  Visit  to  Interlaken 
last  summer,  you  were  kind  enough  to  receive  me  one  evening  at 
.your  hotel,  for  the  pxirpose  of  an  interview.  I  now  venture  to 
address  you  on  a  subject  of  some  importance  to  you  and  to  a  wide 
circle  of  people  in  Europe,  being  assuredjthat  my  l^ter  will  be 
■  considered  with  the  same  courtesy  which  I  met  with  personally. 

You  will  probably  be  surprised  to/learn  that  an  utterance 
purporting  to  have  been  made  by  youhAs  been  utilised  by  a  com¬ 
bination  of  Tyrolese  hotels  and  inserted  in  the  daily  press  as 
a  sensational  advertisement.  >he  advertisement  reads  as  follows: 

"In  my  opinion,  the  Tyrol  is  the  most  beautiful  country 
of  Europe. 

It  is  absolutely/elightful  for  a  motorist  to  be  able  to  enjoy 
the  magnificentmountain  panorama  from  the  splendid  roads.  - 
I  believe  this  opinion  to  be  shared  by  all  my  countrymen,  who, 
I  notice,  come  in  great  numbers  to  the  erand  Tyrol,  which  I 

d_j__s  o  3 

regar/as  more  beautiful  than  Switzerland. 

1  JUJL+-- _ 

I  should  not  have  bothered  you  with  this  matter,  but  for  the 
'  faot  that  it  has  been  discussed  in  the  press,  and  the  bad  taste 
of  comparing  the  two  countries  to  the  disadvantage  of  the  one 
in  an  advertisement  has  been  commented  upon.  The  using  of 
your  name  for  such  a  questionable  purpose  has' also  been  severely 
condemned ,' and  the  hoteliers  in  question  have  been  "hauled  over 
the  ooalB"  for  utilising  for  such  an  advertisement  an  utterance 
made  in  an  interview  with  the  press  -  or  perhaps  not  made  at  all. 

As  a  considerable  amount  of  ill  feeling  has  been  caused  in 
Switzerland  by  thife  widely  spread  advert isementjalluding  in  dis¬ 
paraging  terms , to  this  country,  the  expression  from  you  of  your 
disapproval  of  its  publication  would  be  greatly  appreciated. 

1  should  be  happy  to  forward  it  to  the  proper  quarters .  I  may 
mention  that  the  interview  you  so  kindly  awarded  me  was  used  for 
‘purely  literary  purposes,  and  not  for  those  of  propaganda. 

With  many  apologies  for  troubling  you  in  the  matter,  and 
anticipatory  thanks  for  an  early  reply, 

I  beg  to  remain,  dear  Sir, 

Youtb  very  truly. 

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My  dear  Ur.  Edison, 

You  ought  not  to  wait ,  in  announcing  the  now 
diao  record  by  means  of  a  newspaper  artiolo,  «r 
your  regular  advertising  campaign  to  begin.  After 
this  campaign  has  begun,  the  matter  will  not  be 
treated  as  news,  whereas,  if  you  present  it  as 
another  of  your  discoveries,  ti»  matter  will  get 
anormous  publicity  of  a  value  rtiicih  paid  advertising 
oouia  not  have.  Some  newspapers  might  shy  at  ”• 
hut  ninety  percent  of  them  would  handle  it  as  straight 
news.  Combined  with  an  amplification  of  what  you 
told  me  about  the  falsity  of  many  great  ■ ™ioes  an4 
your  investigations  in  measuring  the  vibrations, 
there  should  be  an  interesting  article,  which  would^ 
undoubtedly  be  given  space.  > 

Very  sincerely  yours. 

bujtH*)  Uc6cJiAJi4'// 

Thos.  A.  Edison  Esq., 
Orange , 

Hew  Jersey. 

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U!>  ■  ' 

24th  May,  1912. 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison, 

I  await  your  convenience  on  tiie/2fijmograph 
matter.  In  the  meantime,  another  matter  has 
oome  forward  of  very  great  importance  Wo  both 
you  and  myself  -  really  of  the  grfea,test 
importance.  If  you  will  let  me /know  when  you 
— Sill  let) have  fifteen  minutes,  i/shall  be  very 
glad  to  lay  it  before  you.  It  jtif LI  interest 
you  deeply. 

Very  sincerely  yoyii 

Thos.  A.  Edison  Esq., 
Edison  laboratory, 
Orange,  K.  J. 


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loth  June,  1912. 

My  dear  Mr.  Meadoworoft , 

I  received  the  hook  this  morning. 
Thanks  very  ir.uoh  indeed.  I  will  find 
out  where  Mr.  Carnegie  is  today.  My 
autographed  edition  will  he  among  my  most 
valued  volumes. 

Very  sincerely  yours, 

( P 

Vf.  H.  Meadowordft  Eso., 

The  Edison  laboratories. 
Orange,  Hew  Jersey. 


Mr. Thomas  A. Edison, 

Edison  Laboratory,Orange,N.J. 

My  dear  Mr.Edison:- 

June  26th.l912 

.  yJU*  ts^Ld-  y 

(Jykzt  c<-  A  ^  ii- w,ia  & 

y  «*.  kai^v^i  %**■>  t 

largestr  and  best  Hungari  anneTfBpagerytha^  ^ 
*—  i^^ki clTyoiTare  qu^tedPto  have  said 
VaVi^vrti^e^ereyin  "thi  s \i 

One  of  the 

Pesti  Hirlap.have  brought  out  a  notice 
to  a  reporter  of  the  New  York  Sun,that  you 

woman- that  was  yoked,  to-  an  ox  in'  ploughing..  &.  TheY  report 

sayf  this  woman  yoked  as  described  above  near  the  Royal  Palao^t _ 

and  have  taken  offence  that  Such  a  false  faot  Should  be  circulated  in  America  . 

I  know  that  you  did  not  say  ap  to  anyone, and  know  too  that  no 
wheres  in  Hungary  are  women  ever  yoked  to  the  plough.  I  enclose  you  a  leaf 
of  the  Pesti  Hirlap  of  June  22nd.that  contains  the  accuSation;and  I  have 
had  a  German  translation  made  which  I  enclose  also  for  I  know  you  have  men 
at  your  office  that  understand  German; 

In  order  to  satisfy  public  opinion  I  think  it  may  be  well  if  you  would 
write  a  flat  contradiction  that  you  never  uttered  Buoh  words  and  that  your 
idea  of  the  country  here  has  always  been  expressed  otherwise. 

With  best  regards  to  you  and  yours,!  remain,  ^  -p  s  lA*  o>t-o 


(Ungsrisches  Anderiken  filr  Edison.-)  Laut  Meldung  unseres  New-Yorker  Be- 
rlchterstatters  hat  Jene  Ne.chricht , daos  Hofrat  Stefan  v.Fodor  ein  lcunst- 
voll  ausgestattetes  Album  fiir  Edison  herstellen  liess  zum  Anderiken  en  Je- 
ne,welche  der  weltberuhmte  Amerilcaner  vorlges  Jehr  in  Budapest  und 
Fozsony  verbra.chte ,  e  ini  germao  a  en  gemiscbte  Gefuhle  erweckt.-Ein  unci  das 
andefe  Budapester  Blatt  hat  an  diese  Nachrlcht  auoh  Jene  Bemerkung  ge- 
fiigt, class  sich.  an  den  ausgezeiohnet  gelungenen  Aufnehmen.Yfelche  die  ochon- 
sten  Furikte  von  Pozsony  und  Budapest  zeigen,  jeclenfalls  nicht  nur  tier  Uei— 
ster,  sondern  a.uch  seine  zahlreichen  e.merikenisch.en  Besucher  'ergotzen.  wer- 
den.Das  ist  eben,wovor  sioh  ciie  amerike.nlscb.en  Ungern  eher  fOrchten.als 
dass  sie  es  wttnsobten.Edison  bet  sich  namlich.wie  vrir  es  in  der  Hammer 
vom  2 ,  Jfinner  1912  erwahnten.seinerzeit  vom  Newyork  Sun  interwievieren 
las  sen  bezuglich  seiner  europ&ischen  Erfebr  ungen  und  demals  tisohte  er 
dem  aimerikanischen  Publikum  zuerst  auf .class  :,,clie  sohlechteste  Saohe, 
die  er  auf  cUeser  Welt  seh.cUe  Ofner  konigliche  Burg  ist  .welohe  jeden- 
falls  im  Gederike.lbum  enthe.lten  ist  und  welche  die  sohlechteste 
Sache  ist, well  Edison  nicht  sehr  weit  von  diesem  Sobe.tzpalast  angebllch 
elne  ins  Joch  gespannte  Frau  sah.wie  sie  mit  einem  Ochsen  zusammen  cien 
Pflug  zog.Seit  heben  a.uch  enclere  BIStter  geschrieben, ciass  slob, 
die  Hand  Edlsons  immer  in  eine  Faust  ballt.wenn  er  die  Ofner  lc6nigll- 
cbe  Burg  erwahnt, letzhin  vor  einem  Hona.te.ha.t  er  im  Behmen  ei- 
nes  Interwiew  die  von  ihm  angebllch.  gesehene,  ins  Joch.  gespannte  ung,Fra.u 
a.uch  a.bzeichnen  le.ssen.Wenn  wir  uns  nicht  tauschen.prengte  die  Ofner  Burg 
im  Hintergrunct  des  eigentumlichen  Bilcies  .Wie  unser  Berich.tersta.tter  er- 
fahrt.erhielt  Edison  schon  mehrere  protestirende  Brief e  in  ciieser  Angele- 
genheit.doch  umsonst.Bie  ins  Joch.  gespannte  ungenlsche  Frau  ist  ihm  zur 
wehrhnftigen  Wehnidee  gewor den, hi e von  lasst  er  nicht  nach.  unci  hat  er  hie2»- 
iiber  in  den  letzten  Monaten  sich.  mehr  uber  seine  letzten 


Erfindungen.Unci  Del  00  einer  Gelegenheit  lot  er  immer  neuerdings  unci 
neuerdings  e.ufgebre.cht  gegen  das  glanzende  Mnigllohe  P0.le.i0  dee  elen- 
cien  exmen  Lejnues.Unter  solchen  Umst&nden  1st  es  e.uf  0  Sichere  eu  neh- 
men,cte.0S  Bdison  entweder  e.uoreiosen  vrird  das  Bild  der  IcBniglichon 
Burg  e.u0  dem  Album, Oder  e.ber  nur  deshalb  dexinnen  belie. It en  wird.wenn 
er  dasselbe  seinen  G&sten  und  den  Reportern  seigtjwelohe  letzterer  Pe.ll 
eehr  webrscheinlich  istjdeaiit  er  binsufiigen  nelie  zu  diese® 
Pe.l8.0t  so  gepfltigt  wird.dass  men  einen  Ocbsen  und  eine  Pre.u  zuse.mmen 
ins  Jocb  spannt. 


J  ^ 

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f'  new 


Thomas  Edison  Esq. 

Llevelin  Park,  East  Orange- 

Uy  dear  Ur.  Edison- 

I  have  been  asked  by  the  Mew  York  American  and 
the  rest  of  Hearet’s  papers,  to  write  an  intimate 
psychologio  and  philosophic  article  about  your  views 
of  life,  science,  progress,  soul  and  religion,  as  I 
have  done  recently  and  have  begun  to  do,  for  the 
periodicals.  With  this  in  view  X  wish  to  visit  you 
any  time  convenient  for  you,  as  soon  as  possible.  I 
hope  that,  you  will  remember  my  visit  seme  years  ago 
with  my  lady  friend  to  you  and  Mrs.  Edison,  and  I 
still  remember  several  of  your  expressions  on  the 
philosophic  subjects  I  touched.  The  interviews,  as 
a  rule,  are  superficial  and  on  timely  subjects,  but 
X  have  taken  a  different  point,  and  treat  them  from 
the  subjective  point  of  view.  Hoping  that  you  will 
not  refuse  my  request,  I  beg  to  remain 

Kost  sinoerely  yourB 


Tipton,  Iowa,  July  27,  ^  ' 

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4  ,/  i„l'  / 

■y  / .  > 

V*  <*• 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  yd is on, 

We  st  Orange ,  !T .  J . 

Near  Sir:- 

I  have  just  read  an  article  entitled,  "How  Can  a  Man  Keep  Well 
and  Grow  Old.!!  "Thomas  A.  Kdison  Tells  Why  He  Is  Never  Sick." 

By  P.ichard  Cole  Newton,  M.  D. 

I  am  preparing  a  discourse  on  the  Human  Machine  and  while  I 
should  of  course  feel  at  liberty  to  quote  what  has  been  published  in 
your  words  in  the  article  referred  to,  I  will  thank  you  very  much  if 
you  are  disposed  to  do  bo,  to  send  me  some  observations  that  may 
be  in  your  mind  on  the  subject  and  that  you  will  permit  me  to  quote 
from  you.  I  could  not  hope  to  take  any  great  amount  of  your  valuable 
time  but  would  thank  you  for  whatever  you  are  willing  to  say  to  me. 

Yours  very  truly, 

August  Twenty-fith. 

Dear  Mr.  Mead  owcr  oft: 

Your  note  of  July  Twenty-sixth  has  been  pursuing 

hb  about  the  land  and  has  just  caugit  up  with  me.  X  had 
a  very  dishonorable  and  neglectful  young  secretary,  who 
has  done  mahy  things  he  shouldn't  and  left  undone  many 
things  he  should  have  done.  The  mailing  to  you  of  the 
marked  copy  cf  "The  Boy's  life  of  Edison"  must  have 
been  one  of  the  latter.  I  know  just  That  I  marked, 
however,  and  it  won't  tain  me  long  to  run  through  my  other 
copy  of  the  book  and  mark  it.  X  iiall  -Siennot  send  it 
to  you  but  nring  it  or*  to  you  with  my  own  fair  hands 
and  wooden  leg. 

I'm  going  abroad  in  the  faLl.  Be  thinking  of  ary 
service  which  you  or  Mr.  Edison  msy  wish  to  have  me  do  you 
over  there.  I  shall  takB  in  most  of  the  larger  cities 
and  to  do  something  for  you  both  or  either  one  of  you 
would  add  pleasure  to  the  trip. 

Since  rely  yours , 

William  A.  Meadowcroft,  Esquire, 
The  Edison  laboratories. 
Orange,  H.  J. 

X  M*  a;e«W*^ 
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1912^  ^tCC  lv. 



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ted.  **• 

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stop  with  the  inventions  which  you  mate  or  tte^pefisions  which  he 
gives  upon  the  bench.  You  are  leaven  for  a^jfig^ jviciosuness , 
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in  the  best  combination,  the  qualities  that  make  the  ideal 
organizer  of  industry.  He  has  drive,  the  energy  of  a  titan, 
an  unfaltering  persistence,  a  capacity  for  enlisting  the 
enthusiasm  of  his  followers;  daring,  too,  and  willingness  to 
assume  the  risks  of  novel  enterprises.  But  he  is  not  an 
intuitive  calculator,  not  an  adept  in  financial  management 
nor  quick  in  financial  reckoning.  In  lus  early  days,  when 
the  first  large  lump  payment  for  a  successful  device  was 
made  to  him,  he  thought  he  might  get  for  it  S3000,  possibly 
$5000;  his  breath  was  taken  away  when  he  was  offered 
$40,000.  And  tho  he  was  then  already  in  business  on  his 
own  account  as  electrical  engineer  and  contractor,  and 
indeed  had  dabbled  in  undertakings  of  his  own  from  boy¬ 
hood,  he  received  from  this  transaction  his  first  check,  and 
knew  so  little  of  business  ways  that  the  drawer  of  the  check 
and  the  bank  teller  were  able  to  amuse  themselves  by  paying 
over  to  him  piles  of  small  bills  which  he  carried  home  and 
guarded  all  night.  The  next  morning  the  joke  was  carried 
no  further;  the  victim  was  told  how  to  deposit  his  check 
and  open  a  bank  account  (1, 133).  At  a  period  considerably 
later  he  received  by  cable  an  offer  of  “  30,000  "  for  his  in¬ 
terest  in  an  invention;  he  accepted,  but  it  was  not  until  the 
draft  arrived  that  he  learned  that  he  was  to  receive  not 
30,000  dollars,  but  30,000  pounds  sterling  (1, 185).  At  still 
another  time  he  was  offered  $100,000  for  on  invention,  and 
accepted;  but,  wishing  to  be  assured  of  n  settled  income  for 
a  period  in  the  future,  stipulated  that  the  sum  was  to  be 
paid  in  instalments  of  86000  a  year  spread  over  17  years; 
a  mode  of  payment  which  was,  of  course,  agreed  to  with 
alacrity  by  the  other  party.  A  second  offer  of  $100,000, 
for  another  invention,  was  shortly  after  accepted  on  the 
like  stipulation,  and  with  the  same  ignorance  of  tho  pecuni¬ 
ary  worth  of  deferred  payments  (1, 180, 183).  There  are 
abundant  other  indications  through  these  volumes  that 
book-keeping  and  accounting  were  neglected  by  Mr.  Edison 
and  were  not  readily  understood  by  him.  (See,  for  example, 
1, 135.)  If  he  prosecuted  his  enterprises  to  financial  success, 
it  was  because  his  other  qualities  made  that  of  pecuniary 

■  negligible. 



On  the  other  hand,  it  cannot  be  said  that  money  has  been 
indifferent  to  Mr.  Edison,  or  that  his  energies  have  been 
applied  without  influence  from  the  money-making  ambition. 
His  first  patent  (1869)  was  for  a  vote-recorder;  its  fate  is 
interesting  in  more  ways  than  one. 

The  purpose  of  this  particular  device  was  to  permit  a  vote  in  the 
National  House  of  Representatives  to  he  taken  in  a  minute  or  so, 
complete  lists  being  furnished  of  all  members  voting  on  the  two 
sides  of  any  question.  Mr.  Edison,  in  recalling  the  circumstances, 
says:  "The  invention  when  completed  was  taken  to  Washington. 
I  think  it  was  exhibited  before  a  committee  that  had  something 
to  do  with  the  Capitol.  The  chairman  of  the  committee,  after 
seeing  how  quickly  and  perfectly  it  worked,  said:  ‘  Young  man,  if 
there  is  any  invention  on  earth  that  we  don’t  want  down  here,  it  is 
this.  One  of  the  greatest  weapons  in  the  hands  of  a  minority  to 
prevent  bad  legislation  is  filibustering  on  votes,  and  this  instrument 
would  prevent  it.’  ”  (Pp.  101-102.) 

His  biographers  remark  elsewhere:  — 

From  the  time  of  boyhood,  when  ho  first  began  to  rub  against 
the  world,  his  commercial  instincts  were  alert  and  predominated  in 
almost  all  of  the  enterprises  that  he  set  in  motion.  This  character¬ 
istic  trait  had  grown  stronger  as  he  matured,  having  received,  os 
it  did,  fresh  impetus  and  strength  from  his  one  lapse  in  the  case  of 
his  first  patented  invention,  the  vote-recorder.  The  lesson  he 
then  learned  was  to  devote  his  inventive  faculties  only  to  things 
for  which  there  was  a  real,  genuine  demand,  and  that  would  sub- 

fortunate  circumstance  that  this  lesson  was  learned  at  the  outset 
of  his  career  as  an  inventor.  He  has  never  assumed  to  be  a  phi¬ 
losopher  or  "  pure  scientist.”  (P.  239.) 

It  is  to  be  noted,  also,  that  he  seems  to  have  been  im¬ 
mensely  concerned  with  keeping  his  intentions  secret  until 
he  had  secured  the  protection  of  the  Patent  Office  (I,  273). 

Mr.  Edison’s  pecuniary  career  has  been  checkered.  He 
made  a  fortune  in  connection  with  the  incandescent  light, 
—  tho  not  from  the  patents,  but  from  connected  manufac¬ 
turing  enterprises  (II,  661,  note).  He  lost  everything  in 
the  magnetic  iron  ore  venture,  as  is  noted  below;  and  he 
became  rich  again  from  sundry  inventions  and  enterprises 


of  later  date,  —  cement-making,  talking-machines,  moving 
picture-machines,  and  so  on.  I  quote  again:  — 

All  his  lifo  he  has  had  a  great  deal  to  do  with  finance  and  com¬ 
merce,  and  as  one  looks  at  the  magnitude  of  the  vast  industries 
he  has  helped  to  create,  it  would  not  be  at  ail  unreasonable  to 
expect  him  to  be  among  the  multi-millionaires.  That  ho  is  not  is 
due  to  the  absence  of  certain  qualities,  the  lack  of  which  Edison  is 
himself  the  first  to  admit.  Those  qualities  may  not  be  amiable, 
but  great  wealth  is  hardly  ever  accumulated  without  them.  If  he 
had  not  been  so  intent  on  inventing  lie  would  have  made  more  of 
his  great  opportunities  for  getting  rich.  If  this  utter  detachment 
from  any  love  of  money  for  its  own  sake  has  not  already  been 
illustrated  in  some  of  tho  incidents  narrated,  one  or  two  stories 
arc  available  to  emphasise  tho  point.  (P.  661.) 

One  of  the  stories  adduced  relates  to  a  loan  requested 
from  the  City  Bank  in  Now  York,  and  not  granted.  Tho 
president  said  to  Mr.  Edison, “  What  you  want  is  a  partner  ” ; 
a  remark  which  seems  to  have  been  taken  by  Mr.  Edison 
os  an  intimation  of  a  design  to  get  an  illegitimate  slice  of 
his  gains.  Whether  or  no  the  remark  was  sinister,  it  seems 
to  have  had  its  justification.  There  is  abundant  indication 
that  he  was  an  erratic  person  in  business  matters;  and  he 
may  have  needed  a  partner  quite  as  much  as  Watt  needed 

Mr.  Edison’s  iron-ore  enterprise  (narrated  in  chapter  IX) 
illustrates  not  only  the  ups  and  downs  of  his  pecuniary 
career,  but  the  spirit  in  which  he  took  hold  of  his  ventures. 
He  conceived  the  idea  that  the  vast  deposits  of  low  grade 
magnetic  iron-ore  in  the  Eastern  region  could  be  profitably 
utilized  in  competition  with  the  Lake  Superior  ores.  He 
bought  in  New  Jersey  a  largo  tract  of  land  —  “a  mountain 
of  rock  containing  only  one-fifth  to  one-fourth  magnetic 
iron”  —  and  proceeded  to  tear  down  the  mountain,  grind 
the  rock  to  powder,  and  extract  the  iron.  The  venture 
was  conducted  with  extraordinary  energy.  A  village  was 
created  at  the  site,  crushing  machinery  of  novel  type  in¬ 
vented,  a  magnetic  separator  devised,  elaborate  apparatus 
installed  for  putting  up  the  ore  in  briquets  suitable  for 



transportation  and  smelting.  Doubtless,  there  is  no  reason 
for  discounting  what  is  said  in  these  pages  about  tho  inven¬ 
tive  and  organizing  genius  shown.  But  a  commercial  1 

failure  the  enterprise  did  prove.  Possibly  the  explanation  ; 

lies,  as  the  biographers  state,  in  the  unexpected  cheapness  I 

of  the  competing  Lake  Superior  ores;  and  it  may  be  that  in 
the  future  the  Eastern  ores  will  again  be  utilized  on  Mr.  j 

Edison’s  plans.  But  the  fact  remains  that  in  this  case  the 
inventor  was  his  own  backer,  embarked  his  entire  fortune, 
and  lost  everything. 

None  the  less,  tho  spirit  in  which  this  very  enterprise 
was  pushed,  and  tho  failure  finally  accepted,  shows  that 
money-making  was  not  the  only  thing  that  stirred  the  man. 

He  lost  in  the  venture  the  fortune  of  a  couple  of  millions 

which  he  had  made  from  the  electrical  ventures  afterwards  i 

consolidated  in  the  General  Electric  Company.  He  was  j 

immensely  interested  in  the  technical  problems  of  the  ore 

plant.  A  conversation  relating  to  this  phase  of  his  career 

is  reported  thus: —  i 

We  got  a  New  York  nowspaper,  and  I  called  his  attention  to  tho 
quotation  of  that  day  on  General  Electric.  Mr.  Edison  then  ! 

asked:  “  If  I  hadn't  sold  any  of  mine,  what  would  it  be  worth 
to-day  7  ”  and  after  some  figuring  I  replied:  “  Over  four  million  j 

dollars.”  When  Mr.  Edison  is  thinking  seriously  over  a  problem  1 

he  is  in  the  habit  of  pulling  his  right  eyebrow,  which  he  did  now  : 

for  fifteen  or  twenty  seconds.  Then  his  face  lighted  up,  and  he  , 

said:  “Well,  it ’sail  gone,  but  wo  had  a  hell  of  a  good  time  spending  j 

On  the  psychological  issue,  the  verdict  on  the  whole  , 

seems  to  be,  not  proven.  Obviously  the  man  is  veritably 
possessed  by  an  instinct  of  workmanship  or  continuance;  j 

just  as  others  are  possessed  by  the  instinct  of  rhythm,  or  j 

of  combat,  or  of  the  curiosity  of  science.  It  is  clear  that 
the  love  of  distinction  and  the  more  material  self-regarding  , 

motives  have  also  moved  him.  What  has  been  the  share 
of  tho  two  sets  of  motive  forces  in  bringing  him  to  his  achieve¬ 
ments  seems  impossible  to  say.  Doubtless  he  could  not  ! 

say  himself.  The  psychologists  are  able  to  do  no  more  for 


us  than  enumerate  and  classify,  with  more  or  less  uncer¬ 
tainty,  the  human  instincts.  They  can  assure  us  only  that 
the  love  of  wealth  is  no  simple  thing,  but  very  complex; 
and  that  man  is  moved  in  his  industrial  efforts  by  a  variety 
of  impulses,  some  of  them  agglomerated  in  this  composite 
love  of  wealth,  some  of  them  quito  distinct  from  it.  Wo 
are  so  immersed  in  the  present  individualist  system  that 
we  can  hardly  conceive  how  we  should  act  under  conditions 
totally  different.  Prediction  might  be  expected  to  be  easier 
as  regards  those  rare  persons,  like  Mr.  Edison,  in  whom 
some  particular  bent  appears  with  extraordinary  strength. 
Yet  even  hero  we  cannot  be  sure.  What  sort  of  things 
would  he  have  worked  at  in  a  collectivist  society,  and  would 
his  services  have  been  greater  or  less  ?  To  these  questions 
we  can  give  no  convincing  answers. 

F.  W.  Taubsiq. 


Mr  .Vlioma---  Alva  ttlJ son  .  . 

I.lewellyr.  Park  St  .Pc 


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40C.I  Sfec/lniActa  JiTu.uc,  exJtc/icinl  icil  ©Alatn 
<&t.0eteiA&UX.g.,  A&n&atauaja^S!^ 

•  or  u/ry-ui  ion.. 

address : 

to  you  -tncl  in  vthi-h  I  li 
Uraph^tlint  you  have  ki 

•*..  riiiju'.ii.vly  my  little  Hv.ssi  on  jourr-.-.l  3.  m-  set  dang 
iiwa  had  the-  pleasure  to  put  ir-  1910  yov.r  ph«to- 
.ndly  sent  to  tf  with  your  esteemed  Idler  of  Sept . 

v:mo(  ! 

,  the  Laboratory  of  you) 

-  I  t 

and  of  the  year.  I  am 

>:u..e  and  that  I  could  publish  1»-  uy  Mod  eat  magas  »>* .  ’-'ii 
thl  3  .y«  tr  ,  writing  myself  alitor- 1  -11.  the  articles.  It 
though  I  have  1000  subscribers, vh 5  oh  nay  each  Hbl.S.-  . 
ird  have  -2  ready  lost  during  the  years  a  large  suit.. 

irt  u,w  of  the  best  Pater  t-Off  ices  "Kaupe  Tnchek  -1  off'  during  1"  years  • 

X  a.,  a  consul  ling-engineer  it-  technic -.1  advertisements  and-.tuu  o.te?  izn  -na 
lv  the  Singer  Co  to  give  consultations  in  publishing  puffings  etc. 

Perhaps'  you  would  be  so  kind  to  send  mo  a  look  with  a  full  description 
of  -tour  inventions  or  your  life, which  I  will  IV.r  tr-c-slale  into  Kussiar. 
In r gage  and  publish  it. 

T.  hope  you  Will  not  consider  me  obtrusive  .1  esteem  you  And  your  sow. 
Your  photo  is  always  standing  tse  before  me  on  cy / table  •  t>y  sei'di ng  anyth  i». 

•elation  her.  t 



'  Oct.  10,  19X2. 

Dear  sir: 

The  Saturday  Evening  Post  desires  t« 
obtain  an  interview  from  Hr.  Edison  in  re¬ 
gard  to  his  work  on  moving  pictures  for  ed- 
ucatioxml  purposes.  The  editor,  Ur.  Lori- 
mar  is  particularly  interested  in  its  ef¬ 
fect  not  only  on  education  in  general  but 
especially  on  the  development  of  backward 

Wll  you  kindly  see  if  you  oar.  arrange 
such  an  interview? 

lly  husband  -  Henry  Beach  loodham  - 
who  is  accustomed  to  interview  big  folk, 
tells  me  that  I  must  Bay  something  about 
myeolf,  so  that  you  will  know  whom  to  ex¬ 
pect.  I  have  had  quite  a  contact  with  edu¬ 
cational  matters.  Further  than  that  I  have 
written  quite  a  little,  and  my  spring  book, 
"Iblk  festivals"  (Huabsch)  has  had  a  very 
kind  reception. 

Hoping  to  hear  favorably  from  you  soon, 
‘  ,  Cordially. yours,  i  ■' 

■maAH  yviw-f  h 


Uhe  Sioux  City  DDaily  Die  to  8 

Sioux  °ity,  Io.t 
October  10.  1912. 

Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Menlo  Park,  H.  J. 
Dear  Sir: 

I  SH  attaeh  a  copy  of  a  jingle  which  is  one  of  a  series  which  has  been 
appearing  daily  in  the  Hew  York  Globe,  the  Chicago  Hews,  the  Philadelphia 
Bulletin  and  a  number  of  other  papers  that  are  affiliated  with  the  Asso¬ 
ciated  newspapers,  a  syndicate  with  offices  in  the  Singer  Building,  Hew 
ZH#  York.  The  stuff  is  written  purely  in  a  spirit  of  fun,  and  the  author 
trusts  to  the  good  nature  of  the  subjects  to  aooept  it  in  that  light.  I 
am  asking  each  of  said  subjects  to  autograph  his  particular  Terse  as  a 
personal  faror  to  me,  and  I  enclose  a  slip  for  that  purpose.  I  thank  you 
now  for  whaterer  kindness  you  may  see  fit  to  show  me  in  this  connection. 


Sioux  City,  Io. 

Introducing  You  to 
Famous  Individuals  II 

By  John  "W.  Carey. 

AVho  plugs  some  twenty  hours  bi 
n  day— (Skidoo,  you  Busy  Ik  !) — $ 
inventing  this  and  also  that— of  H 
Menlo  Park,  the  viz!  Who  sa 
the  sleep  game’s  overplayed— a: 
all  that  sort  of  stuff— for  any  mi 
four  solid  hours  in  bed  is  quite 
enough!  Who ’d  have  us  lie  on  i 
concreto  couch — asbestos  sheets  "■ 
and  such  (in  which  event,  four  q 
hours  in  bed  we’d  say,  were  much 
too  much)!  AVho’d  dearly  love,  * 
no  doubt,  to  keep  the  world  pi 
awake  all  night-,  as  that  would  n< 
niean  big  doings  for  his  incandes-  Ju 
cent  light!  Who  gave  to  ub  the  y, 
phonograph — ye  ragtimo  in  the  is 
can — but  who  is  otherwise  O.  K.  tju, 
Tom  Edison’s  the  man.  /'* 


319  5th  St.  Stf  ux  City,  la. 

fa.  £  C^J<LtTK. 


Telegraph  and  Telephone  Age 


A  Semi-Monthly  J 


Telegraph.  Telephone  and  Subma 
Interests  and  Radio-Telegraphy. 


New  York,  October  17,  1912. 

Hr.  V/.  II.  Ileadoworoft , 

Edison  Laboratory, 

West  Orange, 

N.  J. 

Dear  Hr.  Ileadoworoft 

The  enclosed  copy  of  a  letter  mailed  today  to  Mr. 

E.  B.  Hudson  explains  itself.  In  case  Mr.  Hudson  is  hot 
in  town,  we  thought  it  best  to  send  the  copy  to  you. 

We  would  like  to  receive  the  Edison  message  Saturday 
morning.  All  Mr.  Edison  need  say  is  something  like  the 
following:  “Greeting  to  the  Old  Time  Telegraphers'  and 
Historical  Association  and  the  Members  of  the  United  States 
Military  Telegraph  Corps  assembled  in  reunion  at  Jackson¬ 
ville,  "etc.,  etc. 

Mayor  Jordan  of  Jacksonville  would  greatly  appreciate 
a  message  to  be  read  at  the  banquet  and  General  Manager  Bel- 
videre  Brooks  of  the  Western  Union  Telegraph  Company,  llew 
York  has  detailed  an  operator  to  look  after  the  New  York  end 
of  the  Jacksonville  special  wire  on  this  occasion  to  handle 
Mr.  Edison's  message  as  well  as  others  from  Andrew  Carnegie, 
Theo.  N.  Vail,  Col.  R.  C.  Clowry  and  others. 

Awaiting  your  valued  favors,  we  are, 

Yours  very  truly. 

Publisher . 



October  17,  1912. 

Mr.  2.  E.  Hudson, 

o/o  Thos.  A.  Edison,  Inc., 

West  Orange ,  IT.  J . 

Dear  Mr.  Hudson:- 

The  President  of  the  Old  Time  Telegraphers'  and  His¬ 
torical  Association,  Hon.  W.  S.  Jordan,  Mayor  of  Jacksonville 
•Pla.,  desires  me  to  get  from  Mr.  Thos.  A.  Edison,  a  reply  to 
a  message  ,of  welcome  that  will  be  sent  to  him  on  the  n.ight  of 
the  banquet  at  Jacksonville,  which' will  occur  next  Thursday. 
The  Old  Time  Telegraphers'  and  Historical  Association,  will 
meet  at  Jacksonville  next  week.  Will  you  kindly  have  the 
message  of  greeting  from  Mr.  Edison  prepared  in  advance  and 
send  it  to  me  and  we  will  place  It  in  charge  of  the  proper 
party  in  New  York  who  will  be  custodian  of  the  serveral  simi¬ 
lar  messages  until  the  night  of  the  banquet  when  they!  will  ' 
be  sent  over  a  special  wire  to  Jacksonville  to  be  read  dur¬ 
ing  the  progress  of  the  banquet  by  Mayor  Jordan. 

Kindly  give  this  matter  your  promptlattention  as  the 
writer  will  leave  for  Jacksonville  on  Saturday,  and  oblige. 
Yours  very  truly,’ 



P.  S. - To  make  sure  of  securing  something  from  Mr.  Edison, 

We  have  forwarded  a  copy  of  this  letter  to  Mr.  W.  II.  Meadow^, 
croft.  . 

\>  T° 

Telegraph  and  Telephone  Age 


Hr.  'll.  H.  ideadowrcroft. 

A  Semi-Monthly  Journal  Devoted  to  Commercial  and  Railway 

and  Radio-Telegraphy. 

J.  B.  TALTAVALL,  PuousHcn. 


New  Yorkt-O..Q.%...f ... . 

Dear  Hr.  Ueadov.croft:  - 

In  reply  to,  the  matter  of  Hr.  Edison's  1 
it tended  to  on  the  special  wire  to  the  banquet  nail, 
ige  reached  us  from  llew  York,  signed  by^mr.^ 

.lie  Reunion  was  the  greatest  s 
lers  Conventions  so  far  held. 

Thanking  you  for  your  kindness  in  the  matter  and  with  best 



^rrcajM  (Scfeum/, 


Oot.  30/12 

Mr.  J.  3.  Taltaval, 

253  Broadway, 

Ilew  York  City.  • 

Bear  Mr.  Taltavall:- 

It  just  occurred  to  me  that  I  have  not  written 
to  you  to  confirm  the  telephone  message  which  I  sent  to  your 
office  in  regard  to  the  matter  of  a  message  from  Mr.  Edison 
to  the  "Old  Time"  Telegraphers. 

At  the  time  your  letter  was  received,  Hr. 
Edison's  mother  inlaw  had  just  died,  and  he  v/ent  to  Akron,  Ohio 
to  the  funeral  service  and  did  not  get  hack  for  several  days. 

Of  oourse,  this  upset  everything  and,  therefore,  the  special 
telegraph  message  could  not  he  arranged  for. 

I  told  your  secretary  over  the  telephone 
that  Mr.  Edison  had  previously  written  Mayor  Jordon  in  re¬ 
sponse  to  his  invitation,  and  in  the  latter  had  sent  his 
greetings  to  the  memheis  of  the  Association. 

I  trust  all  this  was  thoroughly  understood. 
Yours  very  truly, 




ft  R  a  t  n  e  i*. 

ft  R  a  t  n  e  r, 

I  have  received  in  good  state  the  four  photos  ana  tne  description 
of  your  XX  0entury  Suburban  Residence, which  you  were  extremely  kind  to 
send  me. I  will  transform  it  in  Bussian  language  and  I  am  sure  it  will  be 
of  great  interest  for  my  readers. Prom  the  above  you  can  see  that  I  am  the 
representative  of  the  German  Journal  "Ze  itschrift  fur  praktischen  Maschi- 
nenbau", which  is  the  translation  of  the  "American  Machinist"  .1  esteem  very 
much  the  editor  of  it  .Mr  .John  Hill, of  whom  I  had  so  much  Aeard  from  the 
Manager  of  the  Pneumatic  Tool  Co.  in  this  town, Mr .John  K.Lencke  .This  man 
came  about  11-12  years  ago  from  your  land  and  was  the  first, who  introdu¬ 
ced  here  the  pneumalic  Tools  and  erected  a  plant  for  making  them.I  believe 
that  even  at  present  nobody  else  is  able  to  make  these  tools  here .In  win¬ 
ter  19o8  Mt. John  K.Lencke  made  his  usual  trip  to  U.s.A  and  then  he  brougl2 
to  me  a  photo  of  you.Mr.John  Hill  was  then  kind  enough  to  send  me  a  book 
with  the  National  Songs  of  was  my  desire  to  know  the  words  of 
the  son&Yankee  Doodle", because  nobody  here  could  me  tell  them-Now  I  am 


Please , receive  my  deepthanks  for  your  kindness.I  have  a  little  booklet 
with  the  thoughts  of  Carlyle  and  there  is  at  the  end  written:  "A  friendly 
thought  is  the  purest  gift  that  man  can  afford  to  man" 

I  will  send  the  copies  with  the  article  registered. 






My  dear  Mr.  Edison:- 
On  November 

Hovember  13t  11,1912. 

2nd  X  wrote  Mr.  Dyer  stating  that 

the  editor  of  Leslie's  Weekly,  with  whom  I  had  recently 
been  conferring,  was  planning  an  Inventors'  dumber;  and  that 
his  art  editor  had  suggested  a  frontispiece  showing  a  bust 
of  yourself  in  a  Hall  of  Fame,  surrounded  by  medallions 
representing  famous  inventors;  and  that  a  signed  article 
from  yourself  v/as  desired.  Since  most  of  the  articles  were  to 
be  directed  generally  against  the  pending  Oldfield  bill, 
something  on  this  line  waB  particularly  desired  from  you. 

Mr.  Dyer  suggested  that  I  combine  several  paragraphs  of 
your  letter  to  the  Pate/it  Committee  into  an  article  of 
moderate  size  and  send  it  to  you  or  to  him  for  final 
approval.  Accordingly,  X  have  combined  several  paragrapns 
of  your  letter  into  an  article  of  such  length  as  the  magazine 
can  use,  and  I  am  submitting  it  herewith.  If  it  is  satis¬ 
factory,  will  you  kindly  write  me,  authorising  the  printing 
of  this  article  in  Leslie's  Weekly  over  your  facsimile  sig¬ 
nature;  and  may  I  trouble  you  to  write  your  name  upon  a 
separate  slip  of  paper  so  that  it  may  be  reproduced  for 


With  regards,  I  am, 

Thomas  A’.  Edison,  Esq,., 
c/o  Thos.  A‘.  Edison,  Inc. 
Orange,  N.J. 

Very  truly  yours, 



November  18  th ,  1912. 

My  dear  Mr.  Dyer:- 

Herev/ith  I  hand  you  a  copy  of  a  letter  and 
proposed  article  which  1  am  today  sending  direct  to  Mr. 
Thomas  A.  Edison,  pursuant  to  the  suggestion  contained  in 
your  recent  letter. 

As  the  time  is  rather  pressing,  I  will 
thank  you  for  any  assistance  which  you  can  give  in  ex¬ 

pediting  the  matt< 

Vary  truly  yours, 

Frank  1.  Dyer,  Esq., 
president,  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc 
Orange,  1T.J. 

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z'  ty"  y 
^  /t  e/  y'y 

November  22,  1912. 

.  H.  JAeadovdroft , 

Thomas  A.  Edison  Bibratory, 
Orange,  N.  J. 

Bear  Sir: 

I  am  phased  to  Know  tnat  ar.  interested  in  tne 

story  you  mention,  published  in  last  Sunday's  World.  I  will  take 
great  pleasure  in  meeting  Ur.  Edison  if  it  is  oonyenient  for  him  to  see 
m0  some  morning  the  latter  part  of  next  week  of  the  week  after. 


JOHN  _  l  !•*' 

CAt*  u  " 


^  =>  ,y>  ^ 

N  EW  YO  R  K  J  / 

November  23rd,  1912.  / 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison:-  / 

On  November  lath,  1912  I  wrote  you  regardin'" 
tiie  article  which  .is  desired  for  publication  in  Leslie's 
weekly;  hut  I  have  not  yet  received  a  response  from  you. 

As  the  time  is  rather  pressing,  I  take  the  liberty  to  remind 
you  about  the  matter.  / 

With  regards,  I  an,  / 

Very  truly  yours,,/ 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq.*-,  ‘ 

Orange,  N.J. 



Ur.  V/.H.  Meadowcroft’, 
Assistant  to  Thoms  A  Edisor 
Edison  laboratories, 

Orange  N.J., 

Dear  Jflr.  Meadowcroft:- 

*-  sc* 1 

I  aw  writing  to  express  to  Mr. Edison,  through ,.ycuf  j, 
appreciation  of  his  courtesies  to  me  when  I  visited  hi^in^O ran g 
and  for  the  knowledge  he  gave  me.  ,.J>  s'  s'"  >  . rj 

felt  that  there  was  so  much  Mr.  Edison  said  that  is  wholly  ne< 
which,  as  v/e  both  know, presents  facts  of  deep  interest  if  tiJrrey  \m 
presented  in  an  entertaining  manner.  X 

In  short:  I  should  like  to  write  a  specia' 
for  the  new  magazine  of  The  World,  concerning  those  musical  inve 
gations  on  which  Mr.  Edison's  marvelous  mind  is  now  employed*.^ 

I  should,  likewise, like  to  prepare 
The  Saturday  Evening  Post — t.a  which  I  arija  regular 

of  which  calls  for  more  information - 4“"  *’”* 

Music  which  Mr. Edison  is  < . 

development  of  the  people' 

r  Mr.  Edison' i 

_  _ _  tributor--w  i 

_ _ _  concerning  the  Scientific  Si< 

itined  to  make  an  important  factoj/ir 
artistic  understanding  of  music. 

,  be  available 

Under  another  cover  I  am  taking  the  liberty  of 
forwarding  two  copies  of  recent  issues  of  The  Saturday  Evening  Post, 
in  which  will  be  found  two  installments  of  a  feature  I  wrote  called: 

The  Inside  of  the  Singing  Game.  I  am  sending  it  that  you  may  both 
have  a  better  idea  of  how  ouch  an> article,  or  series  of  art- 

~irf7T7mrT  IIIILIM  ll  Incidentally,  Mr. Edison  may  find  matters  of  inter¬ 
est  contaiiJed  in  the  Post  stories — for  they  deal  essentially  with 

Assuring  you  of  my  consideration  of  your  kindness 
to  me  when  I  was  in  Orange  and  with  my  sincere  compliments  to  your 
distinguished  chief,  I  am, 

could  so  cl  early  and  so  authoritatively  brine  lief  ore  tie 
people  the  possibilities  of  the  next  ten  years  in  the 
light  of  the  discoveries  and  advances  of  the  year  which 
is  just  closing.  I  don't  mean  by  this ,  nor  does  Hr. 
liearst  mean,  any  ironclad  predictions,  but  a  broad  analy¬ 
sis  of  v/hat  is  lilcely  to  happen  along  the  following  lires: 

The  development  of  the  moving  picture  in  our 
business,  social  and  educational  life.  The  moving  picture 
is  now  being  used  to  bring  to  people's  minds  lessons  in  hy¬ 
giene,  in  efficiency  and  in  morality.  I  have,  by  the  way, 
some  very  excellent  still  photographs  from  the  :3d is on  Com¬ 
pany  for  another  feature  along  these  lines,  but  which  will  not 
militate  with  anything  that  you  may  say. 

SECONDLY :  In  the  production  of  energy.  Goal  is 
rapidly  disappearing,  and  what  will  take  its  place  when  the 
supply  gives'- out? 

THIRDLY:  The  Rood  supply. 

are  still  dependent 


T.  A.E...#2. 

upon  the  slow  proooessos  of  nature  as  middleman,  '.'/ill  ;e 
ever  be  aisle  to  extract  our  food  directly  from  the  elements 
in  the  earth  or  in  the  air? 

POURTh:  Education:  V/e  have  never  specialized  in 
the  education  of  children,  and  this  is  the  age  of  specialists. 
Perhaps  the  moving  pictures  and  the  phonograph  may  he  great 
factors  in  this  development. 

PIPTH:  in  the  care  of  the  hody.  In  the  light  of 
Dr.  Carrel’s  experiments ^will  science  he  ahle  to  confer 
actual  earthly  immortality  upon  man  hy  presenting  him  with 
healthy  hits  of  machinery  every  time  the  old  pieces  run  out? 
This  is  necessarily  a  very  brief  outline. 

\7e  feel  that  such  an  interview  with  you  would  he 

the  means  of  making  hundreds  of  thousands  think  a  little  het- 
and  , 

ter,Kawaken  others  to  the  possibilities  arouna  them. 

There  is  no  scientist,  it  seem  to  us,  whose  words 
would  have  so  great  a  carrying  power  in  American  as  yourself, 
and,  at  the  same  time,  there  is  no  medium  so  great  as  ours 
to  carry  what  you  have  to  -say. 

Very  truly  yours, 



Dec • X4 ,  1912. 


1/U  t 

Hr.  William  H.  Meadowcroft, 

Assistant  to  ThomaB  A  Edisr ' 

Orange, ff.J. , 

Dear  Mr.Meadowcrof±:- 

.  I  have  your  communication  of  l3ie  12th,, 
which  Mr. Edison  conveys  through  you  his  wish  to  wait  until 
February  before  going  at  length  into  The  Scientific  Side  of 
Music . 

/  In  so  far  as  preparing  a  broad  and  comprehen-A 

sive  special  article,  such  as  this  title  indicates,  I  can  rea-^_ 
dily  see  that  Mr. Edison  would  wish  to  v/ait  until  he  is  properly 
"primed."  But  I  sincerely  trust  ncpbjection  v/ill  be  made  to  The 
World  printing  a  story  in  its  Sund'ay  Magzine  section  on  :How 
Edison  Puts  the  Tape  Meadure  on  Sigging  Voices  and  Bates  them 
according  to  a  Scale  of  100. Percentage'.' 

We  have  made  preparations  to  run  this  article 
shortly  and  the  story,  in  point  of  fact, is  already  written.  I 
hope  Mr.  Meadowcroft,  that  Mr. Edison  will  offer  no  objections 
for  there  will  be  nothing  appearing  that  can  in  any  way  operate 
to  his  annoyance. 

A  further  reasen  why  he  should  offer  no  objec¬ 
tions  to  our  using  this  Btcry  is  the  publication,  in  the  laBt 
issue  of  Musical  America, *an  article  in  which  Mr.  Edison  1b 
quoted  and  in  which  certain  material  1  purpose  using  is  already 
in  print. 

I  will  forv/ard  the  manuscript  of  the  article 
f  I  have  prepared  for  The  World  to  you  for  Mr. Edison"B  inspection 
p  and  any  suggestions  he  may  care  to  mhke  for  eliminations  or 
1  additions. 

As  for  The  Scientific  Side  of  Music  Btory — 
which  we  can  make  of  country-wide  importance  and  deep  human 
interest— I  -would  he  greatly  helped  if  Mr. Edison  would  permit 
me  to  <’■0  over  certain  matters  with  him  some  time  in  January. 

That  will  give  me  time  to  write  the  article — which  will  require 
much  care  and  considerable^M«fe— so  it  can  he  considered  for 
editorial  consideration  hy-  The  Saturday  Evening  Post  At  a  date 
permitting  possible  publication  in  March;  for  ,  as  you  prohahly. 
know,  this  magazine  "makes  up"  several  weeks  in  advance  of  printed 
day  of  issue. 

Incidentally/,  X  have  some  valuable  information' 
concerning  vocal  art  science  to  impart  to  Mr. Edison-,  which  he 
may  find  of  uBe.  With  kind  regards,  T  ““ 

Very  truly  yours, 


Mr.  William  H.  Meadowcroft, 

Assitant  to  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  H.J., 

Dear  Mr.  Headowcroft:- 

Thank  you  and  Mr.  Edison  for  your  courtesy  in 
O.K.-ing  the  copy  of  the  suggested  story  for  the  MagAa^e  Section 
of  The  World.  We  appreciate  it. 

All  we  need  now  is  a  hit  of  information  to  give 
the  article  more  weight  and  interest--that  being  HOW  Mr.  EdiBon 
establishes,  scientifically,  the  amazing  things  in  music  which 
he  does, 

What  we  --and  the  public,  too--are  anxious  to 
know  is  how  Mr.  Edison: 

Establishes  timbre. 

Establishes  the  rate  of  tremolo. 

Establishes  trueneBB  of  pitch. 

And  all  the  other  facts  contained  on  hiB  chart. 

X  believe  you  and  Mr.  Edison  can  appreciate  that 
the  HOW  of  it  is  of  paramount  importance,  and  that  it  will  give 
to  the  article  a  note  of  authenticity  not  now  present. 

Will  you,  then,  kindly  forward  this  information 
at  Mr.  Edison's  and  your  earliest  opportunity, when  I  shall  in¬ 
corporate  it  in  the  article  and,  if  you  wish,  forward  the  proofs 
for  final  O.K.-ing  before  publication.  Wishing  you  gentlemen  the 
compliments  of  the  season,  good  health  and  contentment,  I 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Autograph  and  Photograph  Requests  (E-12-04) 

This  folder  contains  requests  for  Edison’s  autograph  or  photograph  and 
letters  of  acknowledgment  from  persons  who  received  his  autograph  or 
photograph.  Among  the  items  for  1912  is  a  letter  from  New  York  philanthropist 
Mary  Robinson  Wright,  the  widow  of  James  Hood  Wright,  concerning  a 
meeting  with  Edison  and  an  Italian  sculptor  named  Ximenez.  Another  letter 
from  composer  Luigi  Romano,  who  would  later  write  a  "Kinetophone  Waltz," 
encloses  reviews  of  his  "Titanic  Symphony."  Also  included  is  an  exchange 
between  Edison  and  his  chief  engineer  Miller  Reese  Hutchison  in  which 
Edison  declines  a  request  to  sit  for  New  York  photographer  Benjamin  J.  Falk, 
who  wanted  to  "try  out  his  new  color  photography."  Other  correspondents 
include  E.  H.  Bancroft,  son  of  William  L.  Bancroft  who  apparently  visited  Port 
Huron,  Michigan,  with  Edison  in  1898;  sculptor  Frank  E.  Elwell;  Irwin  W. 
Howell,  a  former  employee  of  the  British  Thomson-Houston  Co.;  and  New 
Jersey  congressman  Eugene  F.  Kinkead. 

Less  than  5  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  items  consist  primarily  of  unsolicited  correspondence  from  Edison 
admirers,  autograph  collectors,  educators,  newspapers,  and  periodicals. 


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Hot  Springs,  Ark.,-  Feb.  .  26,..  1912.  191 1 

The  Private  Secretary, 
Thomas  a  Edison, 
Orange,  N.  ■ 

Bear  Sir:- 


in  ihe  fail  of  1696  my  Fattier,  the  late 
wm  1-  Bancroft,  made  final  visit  to  his  old  home, 
port  Huron,  Mich..,  and  together  with  Mr,  Mi  son  was 
there  entertained  by  their  mutual  iriend  '>r.  0  Brin 
,T.  Atkinson,  at  his  summer  home  "The  Old  Bunce 

At  that  time  I  understand,  Mr.  Edison 
rave  .Tas.  M.  White,  photographer,  a  and  a 
personal*  exchange  of  photographs  was  made,  t  have 
recently  obtained  from  the  White  studio  a  e  rt 
Mr.  Edison's.  Tt  would  add  rreatly  to  *h.e. 
of  the  possession  were  it  autographed  by  him  -  and 
T  would  thank  you  to  brinrr  it  to  his  attention. 

Doubtless  he  is  besieged  with  similar  quests, 
but  T  venture  mine  with  a  feelin<r  that  peihaps  it 
mi<rh t  afford  him  also  a  pleasure. 

Kindly  convey  to  Mr.  Edison  compliments 
from  my  Mother  and  .mention  that  on  March  -™^_next 
_+  ov*  «  nav  -  she  turns  her  B7th..  tixe 

SS4SS  ssrs." ~ -  - 

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June  7,  1912. 

Mr.  II.  F.  Hiller, 

Thomas  A.  Edison  Laboratory, 

Ornngo,  Hew  Jersey, 

My  dear  Mr.  Miller* 

I  have  yours  of  the  4th  instant  enclosing  Autograph 
of  Mr.  Edison.  I  want  to  thank  you  very  much  for  your 
Kindness  in  this  matter,  as  noil  as  for  the  promptness 
nith  which  you  complied  nith  my  request. 

TTith  personal  regards,  bolievo  mo. 




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The  Greater  J.  D.  Williams  Amusement  Co.  Ltd. 

Dear  Mr  Edison, 

Mr  J,  D.  Williams,  Managing  Director  of  the  above  Company, 

would  like  very  muoh  to  have  an  autographed  photograph  of  yourself  -  enlarged 
if  possible  -  to  put  fen  his  new  executive  offices.  Crystal  Palace  Building, 

He  is  making  a  collection  of  the  photographs  of  the  men  who  have 
made  the  Motion  Picture  business  famous,  and  wants  them  to  adorn  the  walls 
of  his  office. 

It  is  intended  to  have  the  arrangement  of  these  photographs  carried 
out  in  a  very  unique  way,  and  he  will  personally  deem  it  a  great  favour  if  you 
will  kindly  forward  the  photograph  abovementioned  to  our  agent  in  New  York  - 
Mr.  L.  M.  Hoto,  146  West  23rd  Street,  Hew  York  City,  who  will  be  glad  to  defray 
all  expenses  incurred  therewith. 

Thanking  you  in  anticipation, 

I  am,  faithfully  yourB, 

Would  you  honor  me  with  your  autograph  upon 
one  (or  both)  of  the  enclosed  post-cards.  I  did  not 
have  any  cards  that  would  exactly  "fit"'  your  genius, 
but  the  two  enclosed  are  favorites  of  mine— Ilfracombe, 
as  a  place  which  I  have  visited;  and  “Eventide"'  as  a 
beautiful  reproduction  .(on  a  small  scale)  of  Professor 

Von  Hier's  painting. 

I  have  indicated  with  a  small  ctobb,  on  each 
card,  where  the  autograph  may  appear  to  advantage. 

Thanking  you  most  cordially,  I  have  the  honor 
t®  remain.'  Respectfully  yours, 




New  Jersey 

Sculptor  ot  tbc  Statues 

Orange,  N.  J. 

New  Life, 

IJonney  Memorial,  Lowell, 
Dickens  and  Little  Nell, 
Fairmount  Park,  Philatlcl 
Rear  Admiral  C,  H.  Davis, 
Vicksburg,  Miss. 

General  Frederick  Steele, 
Vicksburg,  Miss. 

/Ill  Rhode  Island  Mcmorj: 
Vicksburg,  Miss. 

Mr.  Harry  D.  Miller, 

West  Orange, 

“•  My  Dear  Sir:- 
Pa-  X  want  to  thank  you  most  sincerely 

for  your  kindness  to  me  yesterday  in  permitting 
me  to  see  that  wonderful  soul  at  work. 

,K  The  vivid  impression  I  obtained  in  those 

few  precious  moments  will  stay  in  my  mind  until 

photographs  , especially 

I  would  like 
the  one  shown  me  in  thf 

Washington,  d.  <y ou  may  have  ani^Mr^  Edison1 

and  any  others 
highty.This  will  S%3,iUl{% 

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valuable  data  .  Of  the  man  I  got  a  gocifi  shot 

at  him  yesterday  -but  any  data  lik^prof ile^)or  ■"  t* 

Lo-  *  V - 

other  photographs  will  be  of  value  later  and 

should  be  made  i 

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reaching  for  the  truth  and  the  beauty  in  the 
truth  is  I  think  evidenced  in  my  work  in  Orange. 

Give  that  big  soul  my  love  and  thank  him 
for  the  honor  he  paid  me  yesterday. J  .  rfl 


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making  a  great  Btature  to  commemorate  the 
progress  of  this  century  in  every  line, 
Art,  Music  and  Science.  As  the  greatest 
is  Electricity,  his  object,  is  to  make  the 
central  figure  represented  by  you.  He  also 
wants  to  make  a  small  bronze  bust  of  your 
self  to  present  to  you.  This  would  require 
three  or  four  sittings  of  possibly  half 

hour  each.  The  desire  to  accomplish  thiB 
was  the  cheif  object  of  his  visit  to  the 
United  States.  I  am  writing  this  for  Mr 
Ximenez  because  he  does  not  write  English 
and  X  accompanied  him  yesterday  to  assist 
him  by  interpreting  as  we  are  old  friends, 
and  7/e  regretted  not  seeing  you. 

I  knov/  that  you  are  very  much 
occupied,  but  if  you  will  give  Mr  Ximenez 
an  interview  at  your  convenience  he  will 
appreciate  it. 

With  compliments, 


Bear  Mr  Miller: 

X  appreciated  so  much  your 
kind  attentions  to  Mr  Ximenez  and  myself 
yesterday.  I  have  just  written  a  letter  to 
Mr  Edison  as  you  suggested  and  as  X  know 
you  are  very  close  to  him  I  feel  assured  lb 
that  you  will  arrange  an  interview  as 
soon  as  possible. 

With  compliments, 

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November  26,  1912. 

My  dear  Meadowcroft: 

just  before  X  went  to  England  eleven  years  ago  to  start  an 
Edison  lamp  Factory  for  the  B.  H.  1'..  I  went  to  Mr.  Edison  and  ashed 
him  for  a  signed  photograph  to  take  with  me.  After  considerable  per¬ 
suasion,  he  very  kindly  gave  me  what  X  wanted.  Naturally,  I  was  very 
proud  of  this  picture,  and  as  soon  as  our  office  building  in  Rugby 
was  completed,  my  picture  was  borrowed? and  placed  in  the  most  promi- 
uent  position  in  the  Board  Room  where  it  still  hangs,  for  when  I  left 
last  summer  to  come  back  to  this  country,  I  found  it  practically  im¬ 
possible  to  bring  my  picture  with  me. 

What  I  would  like  to  have  now  is  another  signed  picture,  and 
while  I  know  how  difficult  it  is  to  get  one.  I  feel  that  if  you  bring 
the  circumstances  of  this  case  to  Mr.  Edison's  attention,  and  consider- 
ing  the  holiday  season  .just  approaching,  I  am  sure  you  will  be  able  to 
convince  him  how  much  I  will  value  such  a  gift.  The  one  I  had  was  a 
rather  large  picture,  and  I  saw  a  few  weeks  ago  in  Mr.  John  Howell's 
house  a  signed  portrait  about  cabinet  sise  and  this  is  what  I  would 
like  to  have. 

During  my  stay  in  England  I  saw  a  great  deal  of  Sir  William 
Preece  and  Sir  Joseph  SWan,  both  of  whom  used  to  enjoy  reminiscing 
about  their  meetings  with  Mr.  Edison,  particularly  Sir  William 
Preece,  for  whom  I  developed  very  great  affection. 

I  am  now  over  here  with  Mr.  Wagoner  and  am  talcing  a  keen 
interest  in  Mr.  Edison's  remarkable  battery,  and  I  hope  one  of 
these  days  to  have  an  opportunity  to  see  you  at  Orange. 

Do  you  think  you  can  get  a  picture  for  me  to  replace  mine 
captured  by  the  Britishers? 

Yours  faithfully, 


W.  H.  Meadowcroft,  Esq., 
Edison  laboratory, 
Orange,  II. J. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Automobile  (E-12-05) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  concerning 
the  repairs  and  registration  of  Edison's  personal  vehicles.  Also  included  are 
items  pertaining  to  technical  development  of  automobile  ignition  systems.  A 
few  items  bear  marginalia  by  Edison.  Among  the  correspondents  are 
industrialist  Henry  Ford  and  his  secretary  Ernest  G.  Liebold.  There  are  also 
letters  and  reports  by  employees  of  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.,  including 
chief  engineer  Donald  M.  Bliss  and  sales  manager  William  G.  Bee. 

Approximately  50  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  material  includes  sales  solicitations,  invitations  to  events 
sponsored  by  the  automobile  industry  that  Edison  did  not  attend,  duplicates, 
and  documents  that  duplicate  the  information  in  selected  items. 



to  QjteMS  Co. 



10-82  BROADWAY 

NEW  YORK.  U.S.A.  Jan  .  1912. 

5^  fib, 

Edison,  AK  . 

New  Jensey .  '  \  V  /x’'] 

Dear  Sir:- 

Mr .  Carl  Broesel,  Manager  of  the  Simplex  Kotor 
Car  Company,  of  Mew  York,  sent  me  to-day  for  personal  inspection 
a  Simms  Magneto,  which  had  been  fitted  to  a  Simplex  car  which 
I  understand  is  your  property. 

I  am  sorry  if  the  Magneto  should  have  given  you 
trouble,  but  upon  close  examination,  I  find  that  there  iB  nothing 
wrong  whatseover  with  the  machine,  except  that  the  carbon-holder 
of  the  high-tension  current  had  been  binding  or  rubbing  on  the 
slip-ring,  due  to  some  end-play  in  the  armature,  apparently 
caused  by  some  knock.  This  matter  was  at  once  remedied  and  the 
machine  in  question  returned  to  the  Sinplex  Motor  Car  Company 

in  perfect  order  . 

I  was  also  informed  by  the  said  firm  that  your 
chauffeur  had  complained  that  the  machine  in  question  was  a 
second-hand  one.  I  hereby  beg  to  state  that  such  is  not  the 
The  machine  is  entirely  a  new  one,  for  a  firm  of  a 


. ...Mdison . 

reputation  such  as  the  Sin^lex  Motor  Car  CoJt©any  of  Hew  York 
or  our  own,  would  not  allow  a  Magneto  which  is  second-hand  to 
te  passed  off  for  a  new  machine.  If  your  chauffeur  perhaps 
refers  to  the  timing  lever  which  was  slightly  scraped  inside 
to  insure  an  equal  break  and  make,  I  understand  that  this  is 
usually  done  by  the  Simplex  Motor  Car  Coiqoany  prior  to  the 
despatching  of  any  car  for  final  adjustment  of  the  timing. 

I  can  assure  you  that  our  Magnet  is  made  in 
every  way  of  the  best  possible  materials  and  highest  class  of 
workmanship  and  finish,  thus  insuring  the  highest  mechanical 
and  electrical  efficiency  and  reliability. 

Always  at  your  services, 

I  remain.  Dear  Sir, 

Very  truly  yours. 


Doar  Sir:  - 

In  further  reference  to  the 
letter  which  the  Simms  iiagnoto  Co. 
wrote  you  on  Jan.  2d,  beg  to  say 
that  v.e  have  the  Simms  magneto  which 
you  had  trouble  with  on  your  car 
hack  from  the  Simms  Co.  and  this 
instrument  is  now  in  perfect  order. 

If  you  wish  us  to ,  v/e  will 
he  glad  to  out  this  hack  on  your  car. 

If  you  prefer,  we  would  ho  very  glad 
to  have  you  keep  the  Bosch  magneto, 
which  you  now  have,  and  trusting  that 
you  will  havo  no  further  trouble  with 
your  Simplex  car,  we  beg  to  remain 

Yours  very  truly, 

SIM?L3Z  ;\'J  TO  MOBILE  CO . , 

C.B.—  B.H. 

Jan.  9th,  1912, 


•  A  email  stock  dynamo  was  used  for  this  and  a 

centrifugal  switch  made  to  close  tho  circuit  when  thG  voltage 
was  high  enough  to  start  oharging  and  open  the  oirouit  When  the 
charging  current  was  above  the'  capacity  of  the  dynamo. 

The  only  accessible  place  to  drive  from  was  the 
pump  shaft  on  engine  Which  made  from  300  to  500  R.P.K.  at  a  oar 
speed  of  from  8  to  28  miles  per  ho'ur. 

She  dynamo  had  to  be  run  from  2100  to  2500  R.P.M. 
to  generate  up  to  the  capacity,  and  owine  to  the  slow  speed 
of  driver  and  very  short  oenter  distances  between  driving 
shaft  and  dynamo,  it  was  impossible  to  get  a  belt  drive  to 
give  results.  We,  therefore,  rewound  the  stock  generator 
for  t-lower  speed,  (of  course  cutting  down  its  capacity)  and  now 
have  it  mounted  in  oar, generating  about  from  1  to  2fc  amps.  A 
discharge  test  will  be  made  on  the  cells  to-night  and?'  I  will 
report  the  results.  $ 

We  are  now  rewinding  one  of  the  small  shaving  machine 
motors  to  aot  as  a  low  voltage  generator  at  a  much  flower  Bpeed 
'  whioh  will  make  a  simple  belt  drive  satisfactory.’'  This  new 
dynamo  will  also  have  larger  shaft  and  bearings,  a  more  sub¬ 
stantial  commutator ,  and  will  have  a  higher  current  o opacity. 

AUTOM  O  B  I  liE  IVlANU  ^G^LI  B  ERS 


Ur.  W.  G.  Bee,  Manager, 

Edison  Storage  Battery  Co., 
Orange,  H.J. 

We  have  been  hard  at  work  re-designing  our 
motor  and  finally  succeeded  in  moving  the  carburetor  to  the 
other  side,  and  getting  it  plaoed  in  Buch  a  way  as  to  make 
it  commercially  feasible. 

In  doing  this,  there  remains  on  the  right 
hand  side  of  the  motor  q  space  5  in.  wide,  8  in.  high,  and 
16  in.  long  to  bo  used  for  a  starting,  motor  and  generator. 

'  We  are  making  a  Bmall  motor  and  generator 

set  here  equipped  with  two  comnutators  and  two  windings,  one 
to  generate  at  600  r.p.m.,  and  the  other  for  starting  at 
1,500  r.p.m.  As  soon  as  the  castings  are  out,  we  will 
send  you  a  set.  These  you  oan  out  and  slash  aB  you  like. 

I  hope  that  you  can  see  your  way  dear  to 
build  a  maohine  to  fit  this  space,  of  your  own  design. 

Other  data  on  the  speed  of  the  motor  ahd 
power  required  to  turn  it  will  be  sent  later. 

Very  truly  yourB, 

^ ' 

Jan.  23rd,  1912. 

Ihe  snail  "Emerson"  notor,  which  was  rewound  to 
a  low  votage  dynamo,  has  been  attached  to  the  Pierce  Arrow  Car 
for  charging  the  ignition  oells. 

The  generator  furnished  from  three  to  five  amperes 
at  average  road  speeds. 

fhe  generator  speed  nay  vary  from  1360  R.P.K.  to 
1800  H.P.H.  and  give  effective  charging  current  throughout 
the  range  without  any  danger  of  burning  it. out. 

A  record  will  he  kept  of  the  approximate  number 
of  miles  covered  by  the  car  and  the  discharge  of  the  battery 
at  the  end  of  each  day’s  run. 



JanunryF.Oth ,  191?. . 

Mr.  1.  Bee. Soles  Manager, 

Edison  Storage  Battery  Oo., 

Orange  ,11.  j. 

Dear  Hr.  Beet¬ 
le  are  today  sending  you  By  express  a  special 
vanadium  steel  shaft  which  yon  may  use  instead  off' 
the  crank  now  on  the  oar  shipped  you. 

This  will  no  doubt  facilitate  your  experiments 
with  a  starter. 

I-r  there  is  anything  further  in  this  line  with  which 
we  oan  assist  you,  i  trust  that  you  will  advise 

With  kindnst  regards  ,  and  with  Best  wishes  for  early 
success,  I  am, 

Yours  very  truly, 


dec.  to  Henry  Ford. 


W.  G.  Beo,  Esq.,  Sales  Manager, 

Edison  Storage  Battery  Co., 
Orange  H.J. 

liy  Dear  Sir:- 

Supplomontary  to  our  previous  correspond¬ 
ence  I  am  horowi th  enclosing  blue  print  showing  the 
gears  of  the  £otor  all  in  mosh,  also  the  size  of  the 
pitch  and  number  of  teeth.  The  centers  of  the  gears 
have  been  accurately  dosignod  60  as  to  cloar  all  mov¬ 
ing  and  stationary  parts  of  the  magneto.  This  is  the 
highost  speed  attainable  on  the  generator  when  batter¬ 
ies  are  being  charged. 

We  are  also  enclosing  a  schedule  showing 
the  different  speeds  of  both  tho  engine  and  generator 
when  tho  car  is  operating  at  a  certain  numner  of  miles 
per  hour. 

I  trust  this  will  be  of  assistance  to  you 
in  your  experiments. 

Fell.  15th,  1912. 



The  test  was  made  with  a  gear  ratio  of  1  to  112 
.ora  motor  to  engine  ana  ignition  furnished  by  the  battery. 

It  was  found  that  5  -  3-4  cells  will  do  the  work 
3  good  as  10  -  B-2 ,  as  shovm  hy  the  following: 

5  -  b-4  6  to  8  15  to  35  ) 

6  _  B-4  6  to  7  15  to  50  )  Started  promptly 

10  -  B-2  6  to  8  15  to  35  ) 

Although  the  motor  will  turn  the  engine  over  until 
the  machine  starts,  the  margin  of  power  is  so  small,  especially 
with  the  B-2  cells,  that,  should  there  he  undue  friction  in 
engine  hearings,  the  outfit  might  stall.  It  was  therefore  de¬ 
cided  to  change  the  gear  ratio. 

It  is  assumed  that  the  magneto  will  no  longer  he 
used  for  starting  when  the  car  is  equipped  with  batteries,  con¬ 
sequently  the  speed  of  cranking  can  he  reduced  and  thereby  con¬ 
serving  the  battery  energy  and  widening  the  margin  of  power. 

The  above  tests  were  no de  on  partially  discharged 


Feb.  26th,  1912 

Ur.  Henry  Ford , 

33.  G.  Siebold,  Secretary;! 

Detroit,  Itich. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Referring  to  the  battery  starter  on  which  wo  are 
experimenting  for  your  car,  v/n  have  now  gotten  to  a  point 
where  wo  will  he  able  to  got  some  definite  figures  regarding 
the  number  of  possible  starts,  amount  of  energy  required,  etc. 

In  the  sample  car  yon  sent  us  I  note  that  when  cold  it  re¬ 
quires  from  0  to  12  turn-overs  v/hon  cranking  hy  hand.  In  other 
words,  it  is  a  difficult  oar  to  start  oold,  whereas  after  it  has 
once  been  started  and  warmed  up  it  will  then  restart  promptly 
on  an  average  of  a  single  turn  without  ahy  difficulty.  I  am 
writing  you  at  this  time  to  rscertain  if  this  condition  is 
a  normal  one  for  this  size  and  typo  of  engine.  In  other  words, 
must  we  figur-  our  starting  apparatus  to  start  the  engine  cold, 
requiring  8  to  12  revolutions  of  the  crank  shaft  at  a  fairly 
high  speed,  or  shall  we  take  some  lower  figure?  We  appreciate 
all  the  information  you  can  give  us,  as  it  makes  a  great  dif- 
ferenoe  in  the  sisef:  cost  of  the  starting  motor,  size  ana  number 
of  cells,  as  to  how  many  resolutions  yoti  must  figure  on  for 
average  starting^ 

yours  very  truly, 



pel).  26th,  1912. 


Sixty  complete  starts  wero  rs  de,  each  at  an  average 
current  of  IB  amperes  ana  an  average  of  7  volts.  6  B-4"Kdl son- 
cells  being  used  to  furnish  the  current  for  cranking.  Prom  the 
amount  of  electrical  energy  consumed,  ns  mentioned  above,  the 
cranking  could  easily  continue  for  three  or  four  hours  steady.  , 
She  engine  will  not  start  when  cold,  due  to  low  rate  of  speed 
in  cranking  and  the  fouling  of  the  spark  plugs  by  splashes 
of  cold  oil  .  When  the  engine  is  not  cola,  ignition  will 
take  place  on  a  half  turn  of  the  crank  shaft. 

A  test  was  also  mode  using  10  3-2  colls,  but  the 
drop  in  voltage  at  about  three  tines  normal  current  was  too 
great  and. , therefore,  gave  no  bettor  results  than  six  B-4  chile. 

9  5>he  mtlo  between  electric  motor  and  crank  shaft 
is  now  245  to  1.  This  will  be  lowered  in  an  effort  to  get 
more  speed  at  the  crankshaft.  Of  course,  the  motor  being  series 
wound  may  drop  in  speed  with  increased  load  so  that  nothing 
may  be  gained;  in  that  event  the  motor  will  be  wound  for 
higher  speed. 

Our  starter  turns  the  crank  shaft  over  50  R.P.N.. 
which  is  sufficient  to  start  the  engine,  excepting  in  cold 
weather.  Hr.  Vim.  Almquish  says  the  Pord  car  requires  a  higher 
cranking  speed  than  that,  due  to  the  short  stroke  of  the  engine. 

Karch  6th,  1912. 


One  of  the  vibrators  of  the  spark  coil  was  stuck 
due  to  fusing  of  contact  points.  Fh’S  caused  one  of  the  cylin¬ 
ders  to  Hiss.  After  that  was  put  in  order,  the  cranking  motor 
was  ottnohed  with  a  ratio  of  182.5  to  1;  the  fields  of  the  motor 
were  put  in  parallel  in  order  to  speed  the  motor  up. 

The  outfit  operating  on  6  B-4  colls  will  start 
the  engine  in  less  than  a  turn  at  an  average  current  consump¬ 
tion  of  33  amperes  and  6  to  V  volts. 

Many  starts  were  made,  each  starting  the  engine 
in  less  than  three-quarters  of  a  turn  on  the  crankshaft. 

The  Apnle  Dynamo  sent  here  for  test  by  Hr.  Henry 
Ford,  personally,  was  attached  to  the  engine  and  driven  by  1 
flat  belt  from  the  fan  driver.  It  will  be  quite  feasible  to 
use  the  fan  itself  as  an  idler  and  belt  tightener,  thus  getting 
a  double  advantage. 

The  generator  operates  very  satisfactorily  and 
will  oharge  at  a  10  ampere  rate  at  a  car  speed  of  18  to  15 

A  cut-out  switch  will  be  arranged  to  prevent  the 
discharge  of  battery  through  dynamo  when  engine  is  running 
too  slow  or  when  standing  still. 

We  now  have  the  cranking  motor  wound  with  very 
heavy  wire,  cutting  down  the  drop  in  the  windings  to  a  minimum; 
this  will  enable  us  to  get  cranking  power  with  a  Sweater  margin, 
thus  preventing  the  electric  motor  stalling  under  heavy  com¬ 
pression  or  bad  starting  conditions  of  engine. 

March  13th,  1912, 


We  used  a  series  wound  6  volt  motor;  armature  coils 
in  parallel;  normal  current  35  amperes  with  an  overload 
of  100$.  Suggest  using  a  compound  wound  motor. 

Spur  gearing  should  he  used  on  account  of  cheapness  and 
if  necessary  3  pairs  of  gears,  in  order  to  get  the  same 
in  the  required  space.  If  a  special  motor  were  designed, 
the  frame  being  made  long  and  of  small  diameter,  it  is 
probable  that  it  could  be  placed  under  the  hood. 


The  motor  is  geared  to  the  original  shaft  with  a  l/2" 
pitoh  roller  chain  and  suitable  sized  sprocket.  This 
chain  has  an  ultimate  strength  of  1200  lbs.  We  used 
four  6-32  screws  to  fasten  one  of  the  sprockets  to 
its  hub.  These  screws  ought  to  shear  at  1000  lbs.  per 
sq.  in.  There  ought  to  be  some  kind  of  a  shook  absorber 
to  take  care  of  the  KICK-BACK  in  starting.  If  shearing 
pins  are  used  they  ought  to  be  so  designed  as  to  be 
easily  renewed  in  case  of  breakdown. 


It  is  necessary  to  have  some  kind  of  a  clutch,  vfrich  will 
turn  the  engine  over  by  the  motor,  but  will  allow  the 
engine  shaft  to  revolve  with  running  the  motor. 


We  used  a  roller  clutch,  which  works  very  well.  The  only 
trouble  we  had  with  the  clutch  was  in  getting  the  materials 
to  stand  up  under  the  severe  strain  of  cranking  under 
compression.  Every  time  a  piBtan  goes  over  the  center, 
the  oompressianreacts  and  strikes  a  bio w  on  the  mechanism. 

With  a  motor  speed  of  2500  E.P.M.  and  a  ratio'  of  125, 
engine  was  cranked  fast  enough  to  fire  with  the  magneto 
in  about  two  rev.  of  engine  shaft,  engine  being  cold. 
When  using  battery, engine  was  invariably  fired  when 
cranked  less  than  3/4  of  a  turn. 


For  the  battery  we  use  six  cells  of  the  Edison  Storage 
Battery  ,  type  B-4 


The  amount  of  current  used  in  cranking  was  25-60  amperes 
and  7  volts. 


We  mounted  an  Apple  generator,  furnished  by  Pord, 
on  a  bracket  attached  to  the  engine.  For  our  experimental 
purpose, we  drove  the  generator  witn  a  ono  inch  belt  from 
the  fan  driving  pulley  on  engine  shaft.  The  pulley  on 
fan  shaft  was  used  as  a  belt  tightener 

A  chain  drive  ought  to  be  substituted  for  the  belt,  as 
being  quitepositive  and  requires  less  attention. 


The  speed  of  generator  is  the  same  as  the  engine.  A 
current  of  10  amperes  was  generated  when  oar  travelled 
32  to  15  miles  an  hour;  at  25  miles  25  amperes;  at  28 
to  3D  miles  25  amperes,  and  belt  would  slip  when  generat¬ 
ing  about  26  amperes. 


Ur,  Edison  raised  the  question  of  heating  the  generator 
due  to  its  proximity  to  engine.  After  a  run  of  two  _ 
hours,  charging  current  varying  from  3  to  26  amperes, 
there  was  a  temperature  rise  at  commutator  of  27°  C; 
total  temperature  being  41°  C. 


April  5th,  1915 

J-T'  ,  4*»* 

Mr.  R.  A.  Bachman:-  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co. 

Referring  to  the  Ford  Experimental  car,  we  arc  keep¬ 
ing  careful  record  of  the  daily  mileage  and  the  start  and  stop  on 
the  automatic  starter,  so  as  to  got  some  tangihlo  data  for  Ford, 
in  order  to  prevent  any  mix-up.  Fleming,  the  draughtsman  who  worked 
up  the  details,  is  the  only  one  Who  has  permission  to  use  the  oar 
and  keep  the  records.  !7e  should  have  an  average  run  of  20  to 
30  miles  per  day.  or  sufficient  to  determine  the  least  amount  of 
of  running  necessary  to  keep  the  hattory  charged  and  do  all  the 

My  idea  in  having  Hr.  Fleming  take  the  car  after  6 
o'clock  was  so  as  not  to  disturb  during  the  day.  I  presume 
that  eaoh  time  Before  he  takes  the  oar  out  if  the  record  book  is 
O.K.'d  hy  you.  Hr.  Hiller  or  myself  this  will  cover  tho  ground. 



Copies  to  Messrs.  H.  F.  Hiller,  Brady  &  File. 

June  14th,  1912 

Hr.  Henry  ?ord, 

yord  Motor  Co., 

Detroit,  Hi oh. 

Dear  Hr.  Pord:- 

You  will  probably  remember  me  as  I5r.  '.'.cl  Ison’s 
assistant  whom  you  met  in  the  Library  when  you  were  here. 

The  object  of  thiB  letter  is  to  ash  you  if 
you  would  like  to  have  an  opportunity  of  examining  an  im¬ 
proves  pop-valve  for  gasoline  auto  engines,  invented  by 
one  of  our  men.  It  seems  to  be  a  good  thing ,  as  ?.t  ensures 
a  better  seat  for  the  spring  anci  thus  prevents  back-firing. 
It  is  also  cheaper  to  manufacture  and- renders  it  much  easier 
to  replace  a  broken  spring. 

It  has  not  boon  seen  by  any  other  automobile 
manufacturer,  ana  as  you  are  the  maker  of  the  largest  number 
of  machines.  I  thought  you  might  be  interested  in  having 
the  first  opportunity. 

Should  you  decide  on  looking  into  it,  I 
presume  you  would  like  to  have  it  sent  to  you  personally. 

Yours  very  Jruly, 


Vto.  H.  Uoadavcraft,  Ssci-, 

Oranso,  K.J. 

Doar  Slr:- 

your  lotto i-  of  tho  14th  lnrt.  raooivod  on 
w  return  to  tho  city  aftor  an  aboonoo  of  oovoral 

Ur.  Ford  requests  that  you  sond  on  tho  pop- 

. .  „  look  it  ovor  and  report 

valvo  yon  mention,  and  wo  vm  J-uu*v 

further  to  you. 

Kindly  forward  this  in  oaro  of  tho  writer. 
Verytruly  yours. 

Secratary  to  lLiHICf  F(ED^\ 


June  25th,  1912 

Mr.  33.  Or.  Diebold, 

o/o  Mr.  Henry  3-’ord, 

Detroit,  I-Iich. 

Dear  Sir;- 

I  am  s ending  to  you  Toy  prepaid  express  the 
poppet  valve  about  whioh  1  wrote  Mr.  Vord. 

As  you  will  see  that  the  advantage  of  this 
construction  is  that  the  spring  tes  a  secure  seat  which  al¬ 
ways  provides  a  proper  and  regiilar  tension  and  cannot  get 
out  of  place.  This  prevents  back  firing.  You  will  find 
in  the  paokage  a  rough  hand-made  seat  whioh  is  intended  to 
illustrate  the  idea  that  the  seat  can  be  struck  up  cheaply. 
In  addition  to  the  ncreased  safety  and  efficiency  of  the 
valve,  tho  inventors  claim  it  is  cheaper  to  manufacture. 

They  also  see  a  way  to  use  the  same  idea 
in  cheap  baby  carriages,  but  they  will  have  to  divide  their 
patent  application  on  that. 

tfou  are  the  first  to  have  an  opportunity 

of  examining  this  device. 

Yours  very  truly. 


Mr.  Fleming 

The  Ford  Car  is  to  ho  thoroughly  cleaned 
up,  with  the  Btartar,  dynamo,  lights  and  battery  in  running 
condition,  and  tho  oar  not  to  ho  uoed  for  any  purpose  what¬ 
ever  except  for  demonstrating  to  interested  parties  at  the 
requeBt  of  Mr.  Edison,  Hr.  Bachman  or  Mr.  Bee. 




Copies  to  Messrs.  Edison,  Bachman  and  Bee. 



Vfo.  U.  lleadorccraft ,  3sq,. , 
Orange,  H.J. 

Dear  3irs- 

Wo  havo  taken  the  opportunity  of  looking 
over  tha  poppot  valvo  you  aont  in  for  inspection. 

Dili 3  v;as  also  rofarrod  to  lir.  Ford,  raio 
beliovos  tho  valve  used  on  our  oars  is  ocjually  officiant 
aid.  consists  of  lass  parts. 

V/o  are  ro turning  tho  same  to  you  by  oupross 
prepaid,  and  thank  you  for  your  kind  intorest  in  tho 

Vary  truly  yours. 

Secretary  to  ilHIHV  FOrtD^ 

Ur.  w.  0.  Boo,  Ugr.  of  Uales, 
Thoms  A.  Edison,  Ins., 
OranGO  ,  H .  J . 

Lly  Boar  Ur.  Bee:- 

Ur.  Ford  has  just  loft  for  an  oxtended 
tour  throush  Europe,  and  prior  to  Ms 
auostod  the  writer  to  advise  you  that  wo  -ro  raaKii^ 
conSdorablo  progress  with  the  starter  and  hope  Before 
Ioiig  to  have  soiid  intorostinc  information  for  you. 

We  expect  Ur.  Fold  home  about  tlio  10th 
of  September  when  I  will  at  once  take  up  t 
him,  and  write  you  further. 

With  kind  personal  resards,  I  a 
Very  truly  yours. 

his  matter  witl: 

Secretary  to  HBHRY  i’OHD . 


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Edison  Primary  Batteries 
Edison  Kineto  scopes  andMotion  Picture  Eilms 
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Thomfs  A.  Edison 
West  \Oraitge;, 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  beg  to  advise  y< 
that  registration  piateHl^.  _ 

ordered  by  you,  has  been  racdtVM  /(,* 
from  the  manufacturer  and  is  now 
at  this  office  ready  for  delivery. 

Kindly  call  for  same 
immediately  returning  temporary 
plate  and  certificate  5&S0 
loop'd  to  you,  pending  the  receipt  of 
vour  plate  from  the  manufacturer. 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

West  Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sirt- 

Unaer  date  of  Aug.  26th 
this  Bureau  advised  you  that  duplicate 
plate  No. 11917  was  ready  for  delivery, 
and  requested  that  you  return  Temporary 
Plates  and  Certificate  No.  053  ,  which 
has  not  Been  done. 

I  now  teg  to  advise  you  that 
unless  the  Temporary  plates  and  Certifi¬ 
cate  loaned  you  are  returned  by  Sept. 

34th  ,  it  v/ill  be  necessary  for  this 
Bureau  to  notify  the  Police  authorities 
to  apprehend  you. 

Respectfully  yours. 



My  dear  Mr.  Edison:- 

As  an  owner  of  a  Detroit  Electric  car,  you  have 
undoubtedly  an  unconscious  interest  in  the  latest  develop¬ 
ments  which  have  contributed  to  the  maintenance  of  the  De¬ 
troit  Electric's  position  in  the  electric  automobile  field. 

That  you  may  be  more  fully  acquainted  with  the 
newer  practical  ideas  which  find  expression  in  our  1913  de¬ 
signs,  we  are  mailing  you  under  separate  cover,  a  copy  of 
our  latest  catalog,  produced  in  such  a  size  as  to  permit 
of  it's  convenient  preservation  for  future  reading,  should 
you  so  desire. 

The  advanced  features  of  these  new  cars  are  so 
completely  in  evidence,  by  simply  glancing  at  the  frontis¬ 
piece  of  the  booklet,  that  it  would  be  almost  superfluous 
for  us  to  further  mention  them  here.  Suffice  it  is  to  say 
that  the  Clear  Vision  Brougham  (the  car  shown  in  the  fron¬ 
tispiece  and  also  on  page  eight)  is  a  car  whose  new  prac¬ 
tical  features  will,  we  firmly  believe,  revolutionize 
electric  automobile  body  building  by  1914.  It,  therefore, 
gives  us  much  pleasure  to  be  able  to  offer  such  advanced 
ideas  in  1913.  It  is  but  another  evidence  of  our  intention 
to  keep  the  Detroit  Electric  in  the  lead  -  a  policy  whose 
constant  maintenance  cannot  fail  to  promote  a  feeling  of 
pride  in  the  minds  of  all  Detroit  Electric  owners. 

Trusting  that  the  information  provided  in  the 
booklet  will  prove  to  be  of  live  interest  to  you  and  as¬ 
suring  you  that  any  comments  you  might  care  to  make  would 
be  of  equal  interest  to  us,  we  are. 


Yours  very  truly, 


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Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Aviation  (E-12-06) 

This  folder  contains  unsolicited  letters  from  aviators,  inventors, 
enthusiasts,  and  journalists  requesting  Edison's  advice,  assistance,  or  opinion 
on  matters  related  to  aviation.  The  three  selected  items  for  1912  contain 
marginalia  by  Edison.  Among  the  correspondents  is  author  Frederic iV.  R. 
Dey,  who  had  previously  interviewed  Edison  on  the  subject  of  the  storage 

Less  than  5  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  items  consist  of  letters  that  received  no  reply  or  that  received  a 
perfunctory  response  such  as  "out  of  my  line." 


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Thomas  A.  Edison  Esq:  \S 

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r0  I  read  in  the  Papers  WKeryou  expressed  yourself  very 

greatest  Inventor  of  the  past  and  this  century,  to  submit  very  humbly  the 
papers  of  invention  patented  September  1911  No:1.002.682  under 
the  name  of  Telescopic  Airship.—  Inviting  you  kindly  to  prononoe  olso 
the  walue  of  this  invention  by  your  very  apreciated  consideration  and  to 

Hope  your  Honor  will  goodly  satisfy  my  warm  wishes. 

Our  lord  mai  bless  your  Words  —  With  long  life  for  this, 



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1912.  Banking  (E-12-07) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  soliciting  Edison's  opinions  about 
finance,  the  gold  standard,  antitrust  policy,  and  other  economic  subjects. 
Among  the  documents  for  1912  is  a  draft  letter  by  Edison  discussing  America 
as  a  manufacturing  and  exporting  nation  and  the  industrial  potential  of 
Buffalo.  Also  included  is  a  letter  by  Paul  H.  Cromelin,  managing  director  of  the 
National  Phonograph  Co.,  Ltd.,  concerning  a  pamphlet  on  cooperative  stores 
in  Great  Britain,  which  he  sent  to  Edison  at  his  request. 

Approximately  40  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  items  consist  primarily  of  unsolicited  correspondence,  newspaper 
clippings,  and  other  printed  matter. 



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Mr .H.y.Jtiller,  Se cret ary , 

c/o  Thomas  A. Edison  Inc., 
0BA2JCE,  K.J. 



pear  Sir, 

"fours  of  pecember  21st,  indicating  'rr .Edison's  desire 
to  obtain  literature  relating  to  the  Co-cperative  "tores  ir. 
r;ngland  is  duly  received. 

I  have  pleasure  in  forwarding  you  under  separate 
cover  for  Mr  .Edison,  a.  report  of  the  Korty-third  Annual 
Co-operative  Congress  which  was  held  at  Bradford  last  year. 

This  contains  a  fund  of  information  of  the  kind  Mr .Edison  prob¬ 
ably  is  seeking.  With  this  you  will  find  a  number  of  pamphlets 
on  the  co-operative  movement  which  will  probably  prove  interest 

I  have  been  endeavouring  to  get  a  set  of  the  rules  as 
approved  by  the  Government  but  could  not  obtain  sane  today.  I 
hope  to  get  it  later  and  will  forward  same  to  you. 

If  there  is  anything  else  Mr .Edison  needs  in 
connection  with  the  matter 

Pamphlets  sent: 

Lecture  on  the  History  &  Objects  of  co-operation. 

The  C. IV. S. today. 

The  Early  Days  of  A  Co-operative  Society. 

How  to  Start  Co-operative  Stores,  and  various  other  circulars 

JJme  ilhiff.ArketnssiuT. 


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up  publicly  the  discussion  of  an  / 

ad.iuctr.'.oi^t  of  tlio  tariff  in  accord-  l* 
ance  wi thi  your  suggo r/t i on  to  mo  th rouch 
Ur.  Mallory.  Your/ idea  sconed  to 
take  well  in  'Washington,  end  yesterday 
an  anendmoiit  to  the  IIousc  Stool  Bill, 
along  the  linos  ov  your  su~gection, 
was  offered  'by  Senator  Ilowlandc.  Trust¬ 
ing  you  will  Xect/ivo  the  erodit  for 
this  and  with  Txyidoet  regards,  I  am. 


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2d  Session. 

H.  R.  18642. 


May  28, 1912. 

Ordered  to  bo  printed. 


Intended  to  bo  proposed  by  Mr.  Nkwlands  to  tho  bill  (H.  R. 
18642)  entitled  “  Ail  Act  to  amend  an  Act  entitled  ‘An  Act 
to  provide  revenue,  equalize  duties  and  encourage  the  indus¬ 
tries  of  the  United  States,  and  for  other  purposes,’  approved 
August  fifth,  nineteen  hundred  and  nine.”  Insert  the  fol¬ 
lowing  : 

Whereas  certain  of  the  duties  heretofore  levied  by  law  on  articles 
imported  from  foreign  countries  into  the  United  States  are 
so  high  as  to  encourage  and  facilitate  the  imposition  of  exces¬ 
sive  prices  for  similar  articles  of  domestic  production  and 
whereas  such  excessive  duties  fail  to  produce  sufficient 
revenue,  and 

Whereas  both  the  Republican  and  Democratic  parties  have,  by 
declarations  in  their  respective  platforms,  committed  them¬ 
selves  to  a  revision  of  taritl'  duties,  the  former  to  a  revision 
based  on  the  ascertainment  of  the  difference  in  the  cost  of 
production  at  home  and  abroad  with  a  fair  profit  to  the  manu¬ 
facturer  and  the  latter  to  a  revision  and  gradual  reduction 
of  the  tariff  to  a  revenue  basis,  and  whereas  both  parties 
have  declared  that  such  revision  should  be  accomplished 
with  a  duo  regard  to  the  interests  of  domestic  workers  and 
without  destructive  readjustments  of  domestic  industries, 



Whereas  neither  of  such  parties  is  in  complete  control  of  legislation 
and  either  party  is  able  to  prevent  the  other  from  carrying  out 
completely  its  principles  and  policies,  and  compromise  is 
therefore  desirable  and  necessary,  in  order  to  prevent  a  dead¬ 
lock  in  legislation  prejudicial  to  the  interests  of  the  United 

1  Now  therefore,  he  it  enacted: 

2  Section  1.  That  on  the  first  day  of  January,  nineteen 

3  hundred  and  thirteen,  a  reduction  of  ten  per  centum  shall  be 

4  made  in  the  duties  now  imposed  by  law  on  articles  imported 

5  into  the  United  States  from  foreign  countries,  and  that  on  the 

6  first  day  of  January  of  each  year  thereafter  for  the  period  of 

7  four  years  a  further  reduction  of  five  per  centum  shall  bo  made 

8  on  such  duties  until  a  total  reduction  of  thirty  per  centum  in 

9  such  duties  shall  be  made:  Provided,  however,  That  such 

10  reductions  shall  not  apply  to  duties  on  articles  which  have 

11  been  specifically  fixed  by  law  at  this  session  of  Congress  or 

12  shall  lie  hereafter  specifically  fixed  by  law :  And  provided 

13  further,  That  such  reductions  shall  not  apply  to  duties  on 

14  articles  the  importations  of  which  during  the  previous  fiscal- 

15  year  have  equaled  one-tenth  of  the  production  of  similar 

16  articles  in  the  United  States. 

17  Sec.  2.  That  the  ascertainment  of  the  facts  upon 

18  which  the  foregoing  provisions  shall  take  effect  shall  be  made 

19  by  a  Tariff  Commission  consisting  of  five  members,  to  be 

20  appointed  by  the  President,  by  and  with  the  advice  and 

1  consent  of  the  Senate,  of  whom  no  more  than  three  shall . 

2  belong  to  the  same  party;  that  the  terms  of  the  commis- 

3  sioners  shall  be  one,  two,  three,  four,  and  five  years,  respec- 

4  tively;  and  that  the  President  in  appointing  such  comniis- 

5  sioners  shall  designate  the  terms  of  each;  that  at  the 

6  expiration  of  such  terms  the  term  of  each  successor  shall  be  for 

7  the  period  of  five  years. 


62D2DcosSr}  H.  B.  18642. 


Intended  to  bo  proposod  by  Mr.  Newlands  to 
tho  bill  (II.  R.  180421  ontitlod  “An  Act  to 
amend  an  Act  entitled  ‘An  Act  to  provido 
rovonuo,  equalize  dutios  and  oncourago  tho 
industries  of  tho  United  States,  and  for 
other  purposes,’  approvod  August  fifth, 
ninotoon  hundred  and  nine.” 

May  28, 1012.— Ordoreil  to  bo  printod. 


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,  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Llewellyn  Park,  H.  J. 

Hackensack ,  K.  J., 

Me,  10,  1912. 

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Lear  Sir--  ^ 

As  per  slip  herewith  a  Brooklyn  Association  is 
quoting  you  in  regard  to  the  value  of  gold,  and  is  using  what 
you  are  alleged  to  have  said  o rewritten  ^  throwing .a  douht 
»  of  gold  as  a  unit  of  value.^jj^^  [{ 

If  this  association  is  quht ing.f ro^oroj  printed  ^ddres^r^  ^ 

[dvise  mo  where/  it 

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will  02  glad  to 

can  he  obtained.  ^  C*““  I  I 

« i.  •»  «* «*  “  10  “^zJilS^4°txsssz 

value  of  gold  would  he  if  its  use  in  making jmoney  was  abandoned-  - 


co  abandoned.  .  . 

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i'ioe  of  a  unit  ofjraA««^ot  to 

The  practical  question  is  what 
day  and  year  to  year.  It  is  the 
measure  real  value  (value  in  terms  of  labor  o^gertion)  invariably, 
for  this  is  impossible.  Ho  commodity  can  do  that/  All  we  can  seek- 
in  a  unit  is  the  fixing  of  a  certain  quantity  cfsoaw  commodity,  to 
represent  in  a  concrete  way  a  certain  amount  of  labor  or  exertion. 
This  being  done,  the  value  of  other  commodities  can  be  measured  with 

facility.  Yours  very  truly, 



Why  GREATLY  overrate  the  INTRINSIC  value  ol  ANY  metal  ?-WHY? 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  the  Sage  (who «  ~ 

counsel  ‘hroutH.out  «>o  worUl  as  oho  ^^^OTABLY.  ^  Klh„Mon  Promoters  Association  (oorrespon. 

rent  experts  In  Metallurgy  anil  the  uses  ot  menus  in 
the  arts  amt  manufaetures)  ilcolarcs,  emphatically, 
that  gold  Is  almost  without  INTRINSIC  value.  He  has. 

trough  the  press,  also  suggest. .... 
_se  Is  the  gliding  of  picture  frames, 
called  attention  to  the  fuel  that  ttv 
value  of  gold  is,  in  VERY  large  1  - 
current  market  price  thereof  ' 

artificial,  the 
...most  SOLELY 
.■limited  purchase 

due  to  the  laws  directing  the  unlimited  purchase  ot 
that  metal  and  Its  Coinage  by  the  United  States  and 
rr^at  Britain  at  figures  designated  by  those  laws 
which  MOST  absurdly  make  gold,  WHEN  COINED, 

deuce  office,  104  Fort  Greene  Place,  Uiooklyn,  1 
City)  will  pay  One  hundred  (5-100)  dollars  t 
person  who  first  succeeds  in  submitting  to  It  a  clear 
demonstration  of  material  error  in  Mr  Edison  a  state- 
|„  ri!  the  Intrinsic  value  of  gold. as  mentioned 
hereon  That  the  whole  truth  of  the  matter  should 
be  widely  declared  is  Important  to  everybody.  Will 
mv  '10(1  00  to  the  person  who  first  delivers,  say, 
anVunce  of  material,  native  or  Imported,  properly 
certified  to  be  a  specimen  of  a  usable  and  TKU1 
“Standard  of  Value.” 

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Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Battery,  Primary  (E-12-08) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  relating  to  the  commercial 
development  of  Edison's  primary  battery  in  the  United  States  and  Great 
Britain.  Among  the  correspondents  are  Edison's  sales  managers  for  primary 
batteries,  G.  E.  Hales  of  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Co.,  Ltd. ,  and  Elisha  E. 
Hudson  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.  There  is  also  a  letter  by  Frank  L.  Dyer, 
president  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.,  concerning  the  use  of  primary  batteries 
with  railway  signals. 

All  of  the  documents  have  been  selected. 


?ch.  1,  1318- 

j.  J.  lionncd 7,  Kao.., 

52  Broadway,  Haw  "fork. 

;-y  deer  Ur.  Kennedy: 

t  f,u  informed  that  the 
Hull  Signal  Coop any  has  oecurea  ft  contract 
fron  the  Canadian  Buoifio  Hallway  Conpeny 
ior  the  Hu  tails. tion  of  signals.  requiring 
E.ppro:tinatoly  6000  cells  of  primary  huttcry. 

She  Bdiaon  Battery,  u&  you  know,  com¬ 
plies  in  all  ronpoote  with  tho  H.  8. 
specif iefttiona,  ana  unlasa  there  is  acne 
substantial  reason  why  another  type  of  hftt- 
gtory  should  ho  used.  X  would  he  much  obliged 
|i<|yo^|V-’ill  favorably  consider  tho 

S  2 

djr  relatione  with  the  Canadian  facific 

j people  are  entirely  friendly,  and  I  oa 

quite  certain  that  they  would  ho  clod 
to  soo  Edison  Bat tori oo  used. 

Yours  very  truly. 


Edison  Manufacturing  Co  , Ltd. 

JEdisoix  Works 

Willtisden  . 1 11  notion, London, N.W. 

'  oEH/on.  ^ 

Mr .  E.  B,  Hudson, 

Manager  of  Sales, 

Primary  Battery  Department, 
Thou .  A.  Edison,  Ino-, 
Orange,  New  Jersey. 

Bv  the  favour  of  our  Managing  Dlreotor,  Mr.  Paul  H. 
Orowelln,  I  am  permitted  to  place  before  you  my  Ideas  of  the  poo- 
aible  developments  of  the  EDISON  BSCO  PRIMARY  CELLS  In  this  coun¬ 

Having  for  the  past  twenty  years  been  actively  engaged 
in  the  development  of  all  olasses  of  electrical  enterprise,  I 
feel  sure  I  am  competent  to  ;Judge  of  the  peculiarities  and  restric¬ 
tions  of  this  market. 

For  many  years  past  the  Edison  Primary  Dell  has  been 
known  by  nano  to  all  connected  with  the  electrical  trade,  but  has 
been  associated  in  their  minds  with  batteries  of  the  Bunson, 

Baniell  and  Bicromate  types,  whose  only  use  was  in  the  laboratory 
or  on  the  testing  bonoh.  In  fact,  I  am  sure,  that  nine  out  of  ton, 
electricians  in  this  country  who  know  the  Edison  Cell  exists  would 
tell  you  that  when  not  in  use  the  element  must  be  removed  from  the 
solution . 

The  only  information  that  has  been  available  for  the  trade 
here  has  been  derived  from  seeing  it  featured  in  the  various  cata¬ 
logues  published  by  such  firms  as  Messrs.  Verity's  Ltd.,  and  the 
General  Electric  Co-  Ltd.,  principally  in  connection  with  electric 
fans,  which  outfits  have  been  regarded  as  toys,  or  at  best  make¬ 
shifts  to  be  used  in  places  abroad  where  electrical  supply  is  not 
available . 

Mr.  B.  E.  Hudson,  Contd. 

Prom  tha  above  remarks  you  will  roadily  nee  that  our 
first  work  over  here  will  be  of  an  educational  nature,  and  there¬ 
fore  it  will  be  necessary  for  \ts  to  be  in  a  poult. ion  to  answer 
ouestions,  not  only  in  relation  to  the  Battery  itself,  but  also 
its  various  applications. 

Supposing  wo  introduce  the  subject  of  electrical  sig¬ 
nalling  to  a  Railway  Company  -  in  the  majority  of  cases  they  will 
wish  for  Information  on  the  entire  Installation,  and  if  you  could 
let  uo  have  catalogues  of  the  Companies  in  the  States  who  make  a 
speciality  of  this  business,  we  could  place  before  them  the  in¬ 
formation  therein  contained,  and  I  have  not  the  slightest  doubt, 
sorioua  investigation  would  result ,  all  of  v/hioh  will  tend  to  the 
benefit  of  the  Edison  Primary  Battery  business. 

As  a  further  example  take  the  list  of  dental  motors 
published  by  the  Ritter  Rental  Manufacturing  Co.,  of  Rochester, 
M.Y.,  vfhlch  you  so  kindly  sent  and  which  will  be  of  the  greatest 
value  to  us.  I  shall  be  able  to  place  thlo  list  before  manufac¬ 
turers  of  Cental  Appliances,  of  -which  we  have  many,  and  they  v/ill 
at  once  see  the  utility  of  the  Edison  Coll  for  their  business,  but 
it  would  be  a  very  different  proposition  if  I  had  not  got  a  list 
to  show  them,  and  could  only  outline  the  idea  to  them. 

Tha  electrical  and  technical  side  of  the  coll  you  can 
safely  leave  in  our  hands,  as  the  curves  you  have  already  supplied 
are  very  complete,  with  the  one  exception  that  they  do  not  show 
the  behaviour  of  the  cells  under  momentary  heavy  discharge,  with 
long  periods  of  rest  in  between. 

You  will  doubtless  be  interested  to  know  that  a  firm  of 
Organ  Ruiiders  are  at  the  moment  considering  applying  BRCO's  to 
work  their  system  of  eleotrio  organ  control.  I  am  getting  all 
tha  information  from  them  I  can,  and  will  forward  it  on  to  you  in 
due  course. 

In  conclusion  I  can  assure  you  that  there  is  a  large 
field  hare  for  these  Batteries,  if  worked  properly.  It  will  take 
some  time  and  effort,  but  once  we  get  the  Colls  well  into  the  trade, 
good  and  steady  business  will  result . 

tir.  33.  E.  Hudson.  Contd. 

A  most  important  point  for  us  will  bo 

establish  a  reputation  for  prompt  delivery. 

Yours  very  ,iruly. 

Primary  Battery  Department, 

May  7th,  1912. 

Mr.  D.  M.  Bliss: 

There  is  a  considerable  market,  through 
the  jobbers  and  dealers,  with  which  the  Primary  Battery 
Deportment  is  doing  business,  for  a  small  power  battery 
motor,  for  experimental  work  ana  the  operation  of  various 
light  power  consuming  devices,  which  could  be  made  in 
the  same  size  and  of  many  of  the  same  parts  used  in  the 
construction  of  the  Dictating  Machine  motor.  It  iB 
probable,  in  fact,  that  the  motor  you  ore  now  preparing 
for  Battery  Fan  Motors  will  answer  this  purpose. 

Such  a  motor  will  take  the  place  of 
many  of  the  "toy"  motors  now  on  the  market,  and  for 
this  purpose  should  be  operable  on  approximately  two 
volts.  The  name  "Edison"  will  go  a  long  way  toward 
inducing  sales  in  this  field,  but  the  selling  price  will 
also  be  on  Important  factor. 

Please  let  me  know  If  it  will  be  prac¬ 
ticable  to  get  out  such  a  motor,  statin.,  as  nearly  as 
possible,  what  will  be  the  cost  to'  this  department. 

E.  E.  HDDS  OH. 

/CC  to  Mr.  C.  H.  Wilson 
CC  to  Mr.  H.  C.  Durand, 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Battery,  Storage  -  General  (E-12-09) 

This  folder  contains  incoming  correspondence  and  interoffice 
communications  relating  to  the  commercial  and  technical  development  of 
Edison's  alkaline  storage  battery  at  his  laboratory  and  by  representatives  of 
Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.  Included  is  discussion  of  advertising,  personnel, 
equipment  and  supplies,  patent  rights,  and  relations  with  competitors  and 
clients,  as  well  as  specific  commercial  usages  of  storage  batteries.  There  are 
several  items  written  by  Edison  or  bearing  his  marginalia,  along  with  many 
letters  to  Edison  by  his  personal  representative  and  chief  engineer  Miller  Reese 
Hutchison.  Some  of  the  internal  communications  relate  to  the  Gouin  battery, 
which  was  discussed  by  J.  A.  Montpellier  at  the  International  Congress  of 
Electrical  Applications  in  1911.  There  are  also  items  pertaining  to  cell  tests 
conducted  on  behalf  of  the  German  government  and  to  the  use  of  storage 
batteries  by  electric  locomotives,  including  a  report  from  the  General  Electric 
Co  A  few  documents  concern  a  "Battery  Service  System"  for  the  General 
Vehicle  Co  and  negotiations  with  that  company  that  directly  involved  Edison. 
Among  the  correspondents  is  John  R.  Markle  of  the  International  Electromotive 
Co  in  Detroit,  a  longtime  associate  who  wanted  to  establish  a  marketing 
agency  for  Edison's  storage  batteries.  Other  letters  discuss  recent  or  upcoming 
meetings  with  engineer  and  former  associate  Phillips  B.  Shaw,  former 
laboratory  employee  Alfred  J.  Thompson,  and  representatives  of  the 
Westinghouse  Electric  and  Manufacturing  Co. 

Approximately  70  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  items  consist  primarily  of  unsolicited  correspondence,  including  a 
few  letters  concerning  windmills,  that  received  no  reply  or  only  a  perfunctory 
response  from  Edison;  additional  letters  by  Hutchison  that  appeared  as 
advertisements  in  th e  Army  and  Navy  Journal',  duplicates  and  documents  that 
duplicate  the  information  in  selected  items. 

January  13,  1912. 

Hr.  Jldison,- 

Martin  of  the  Electric  Light  Association,  is 
getting  up  a  lecture  bureau,  to  supply  the  Association 
with  good  material  for  their  monthly  meetings.  He  has  from 
from  7,000  to  3,000  members  in  these  Oompany  Sections,  who 
are  excellent  people  to  reqch,  but  they  suffer  from  the  lack 
of  good  material.  They  soon  exhaust  local  talent.  His  idea  is 
to  furnish  free  through  his  Bureau,  good  technical  leoiures 
and  addresses,  accompanied,  if  possible,  by  lantern  slides 
and  moving  pictures.  He  wants  a  good  lecture  on  Edison 
Storage  Battery,  and  wiints  me  to  get  it  up  and  deliver  it 
in  this  vicinity  in  person.  At  points  too  remote  for  me  to 
reach,  he  would  like  to  have  it  in  printed  form,  accompanied 
by  lantern  slides,  so  that  either  our  agent  in  the  vicinity 
or  a  merabe1'  of  the  Section  who  ie  familiar  with  the  battery, 
can  present  it.  Each  of  these  lectures  is  to  be  copyrighted, 
and  then,  at  the  end  of  the  season,  they  can  be  published 
either  by  the  Association  or  by  the  persons  supplying  the 
material^,  if  deBired.  He  is  already  ar-anging  for  several 
of  these  lectures,  aiSjffliough  he  does  not  fcxpect  the  scheme  to 
go  into  operation  until  next  Pall. 

I  have  written  him,  stating  that  It  would  be  a  , 
great  pleasure  to  supply  him  with  all  the  material  and  a 
full  line  of  lantern  slides.  I  will  deliver  the  lectures  myself 
in  cities  adjacent  to  Hew  York,  and  we  can  take  care  of 


supplying  the  memberB  who  will  deliver  the  lectures  in  remote 
sections,  with  sufficient  information  to  enable  him  to  do  so, 
especially  with  the  lantern  slides  to  guide  him. 

’This  for  your  information. 



January  16,  1912. 

Ur.  Edison, - 

I  have  the  following  letter  from  Washington? 

"Was  interested  to  see  developments  on  Norfolk  Requisition 
218,  for  small  battery  for  Preston.  I  had  a  look  at  it,  and  turned 
it  over  to  Mr.  Todd.  Reynolds  of  the  Electric  Storage  Battery  Co . 
seems  to  think  it  is  time  for  him  to  do  or  say  something,  so  he  put 
in  about  three  pages  of  "knocks"  on  Edison  Cell,  and  the  interest¬ 
ing  part  is  that  he  could  not  say  anything  effective7.  The  Michigan 
battery  oame  through  Jjagain  in  New  Sork  Yard  requisition,  and  was 
approved,  so  presume  yon  have  furnished  it  by  this  time.  1  hear  you 
may  have  to  pass  »p  the  job  with  the  Bureau  of  Yards  and  DockB  for 
Floating  Crane,  but  refused  to  believe  it,  as  it  comes  from  the  camp 
of  the  enemy.  The  point  made  is  that  you  haven't  a  battery  of  proper 

"I  have  a  new  scheme  under  way,  whereby  an  Edison  Battery 
will  replace  one  of  the  two  motor  generators  for  telephone  talking 
current  supply.  Will  try  to  have  this  in  addition  to  the  auxiliary 
lighting  battery, 

"Mr .  Carter,  £ow  assistant  to  Courtney,  is  trying  to  get 
order  to  p^Jfhhc^|£all,  and  will  probably  show  up  about  the  18th 
or  19th.  He  will  be  here  quite  some,  time,  and  when  a  new  officer 
comes,  ,<(ill  bo  in  the  same  position  Oeurtnsy  was  to  8.  S.  Robinson. 
Hs  is  a  fine  fellow,  and  will  call  at  the  Electric  Storage  Battery 
Company ' e  Works  first,  and  they  will  naturally  try  to  fill  him  up. 
He  hasn't  taken  any  interest  to  date  in  batteries,  so  X  haven't 
talked  the  subjeot  much  with  him. 


"They  are  shy  ofcaah,  and  it  lock3  10  if  they  would  not 
buy  the  batteries  for  the  fcrlington  tireless  Station  before  next 
fiscal  year,  §•  e.  July  first,  1912. 

"I  expect  to  leave  sometime  this  week  for  a  trip  of 
eight  or  ten  days.  Am  going  West  as  far  as  JJadison,  Wis.  Please 
send  copy  of  Army  and  Navy  Journal  addressed  direct  to  Chief  of 
Bureau  of  Steam  *nEin*«ring.  that  wo  may  file  them  with  other  data. 

X  took  one  of  my  extra  copies  down  to  be  kept  there  until  yours 

'  "Your  articles  are  all  to  the  good,  and  to  my  mind,  about 
tht right  style.  A  friend  of  mine  who  is  Secretary  to  Roberts  on  the 
House  Naval  Committee,  asked. me  about  Fdiaon  Batteries,  for  Submarines, 
and  when  I  asked  him  where  he  get  the  notion,  he  said  he  had  read 
every  article  of  your  arts,  and  always  looks  forward  to  them  in  the 
Army  and  Navy  Journal. 

"As  you  will  note,  1  am  shy  of  news 
business,  but  will  hops  for  more  next  time. 

that  sounds  like 

January  17,  1912. 

Mr.  Edison,- 

I  have  Just  .turned  over  to  Smith,  for  test,  on 
following  hasis,  an  A-4  cell  having  the  water  seal  or 
trap,  in  the  top.  phis  I  have  designated  as  No.  H-75. 

When  a  cell  18  overcharged  for  a  prolonged 
period,  the  entire  gas  space  becomes  filled  v/ith  a  foam, 
resembling  sea  foam.  This  passes  into  the  trap,  and  seemB 
to  form  a  continuous  passago  between  the  interior  of  the 
oell  and  the  outlet,  so  that  if  the  cell  is  exploded,  the 
fire  is  carried  through  by  means  of  these  bubbles.  This 
has  been  obviated  by  plaoing  a  piece  of  gauze  over  the 
intake  of  the  trap. 

When  a  cell  is  charged,  thereby  becoming  heated, 
the  gases  within  are  naturally  expanded.  When  the  cell 
cools,  a  partial  vacuum  exists  within,  which  tends  to 
draw  the  water  from  the  trap  i'to  Vne  cell,  thereby 
rendering  it  non-protective.  I  have  obviated  this  by  plao¬ 
ing  a  small  gole  in  the  partition  within  the  trap.  Ab  the 
vacuum  forms  within,  the  drawing  of  the  water  into  the 
small  compartment  naturally  lowers  the  level’ of  the  water 
in  the  larger . compartment,  uncovering  the  fhole,  and  allow¬ 
ing  the  air’ to  pass  through  and  into  the  cell,  without 
pulling  the  water  with  it. 

It  is  proposed  to  refill  the  cell  throughithe 
water  seal,  but  if  a  supplementary  vent  is  not  provided 


in  the  oell,  there  is  no  way  for  the  air  within  to  get  out, 
and  it  becomes  impossible ’to  get  the  water  to  flow  in.  1 
have  overcome  this  by  the  supplementary  vent,  which  I  have 
provided  for  experimental  purposes  in  the  form  of  a  standard 
filling  bung. 

As  a  precautionary  measure,  I  wish  to  endeavor  to 
freeze  the  solution  in  the  trap,  so  as  to  determine  its 
practicability  in  vehicle  work.  Naturally,  if  nothing  but 
pure  water  exists  in  the  trap,  it  will  become  frozen,  and 
effectively  seal  the  cell.  If  there  is  KOH  present,  it  will 
lower  the  freezing-point. 

These  various  features  are  easily  taken  care  of 
in  Submarine  boat  work,  and  actual  experiment  has  demonstrated 
that  the  potash  13  washed  from  the  gas,-  and  does  not  de¬ 
posit  on  the  top  of  the  cell,  or  even  discolor  litmus 
paper  at  the  outlet.  I  am  curious  to  see  if  the  size  of 
trap  I  ’am  able  to  get  into  a  vehicle  oell  will  operate  ’ 
thus  satisfactorily. 

1  propose  to  first  determine  the  B^filcacy  of 
the  trap  for  ridding  the  gas  of  potash. 

The  effectiveness  of  the  small  hole  for  relieving 
the  vacuum  Within  will  come  next. 

•  The  freezing  -will  follow. 

It  is  stands  up  satisfactorily  under  these  tests, 
we  will  explode  the  cell  under  varying  conditions,  apd  will 
then  he  ready  for  consideration  aB  to  embodiment  on  vehicle  ■ 
cells . 


Light-house  Service. 

General  Depot, 

Office  of  Inspector, 
Third  District, 
New  York. 

January  20th,  1912. 

M.  R,  Hutchison, 

O/o  Edison  Experimental  Laboratories, 

Orange,  N.  J, 

My  dear  Hutchison, - 

Referring  to  your  letter  of  January 
eighth,  and  our  conversation  on  the  night  of  the  18th  re, 
the  General  Electric  Company's  attempt  to  produce  a  600 
candle  power  lamp: 

In  looking  up  the  matter,  I  find  that 
they  hope  to  have  a.laijip  of  200  to  300  candle  power  at 
the  Depot,  sometime  in  the  future,  for  a  try-out.  If  this 
is  successful,  they  them  propose  to  attempt  a  higher  candle 
power.  As  this  matter  hah  been  in  their  hands  for  a  year 
already,  it  looks  to  me  like  a  slow  proposition,  and  you 
and  I  will  hardly  live  to  see  their  600  candle  power 
light.,  unless  somebody  stirs  them  up.  With  this  situation, 
can  you  not  get  your  man  busy  at  the  Edison  Laboratprv, 
and  see  if  we  cannot  get  some  results?  I  do  not  think  the 
General  Electric  Company  will  make  good. 


(Signed)  C.  D.  Stearns.  U,  S.  IT., 

Long  Acre  Electric  Light  &  Power  Company 

4G)5b  roadway 

New  York 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq. , 

East  Orange,  E.J. 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison: 

In  talking  with  Mr.  Hayne,  who  represents  the 
selling  end  of  the  Diesel  Engine  with  the  eastern  territory, 

I  was  very  much  pleased  when  he  told  me  that  we  were  all  coupled 
up  with  the  Edison  battery  in  pretty  good  shape; also  that  re¬ 
cent  contracts  made  hy  the  Bureau  of  Yards  and  .Docks  covering 
one  100  K.W.  set  to  be  installed  on  each  pontoon  crane  for  the 
Boston  Hayy— Yard  and  the  Pearl  Harbor^ary  Yard,  Edison  batter- 
ies^being  part  of  the  complete  equipment  so  that  the  current 
to  charge  the  Edison  batteries  will  be  developed  by  the  only 

January  27,  1912. 

Mr.  Edison, - 

1  have  just  received  information  from  Robinson  of 
the  Banner  Safety  Lamp  Company,  which  seems  authentic. 

A  man  in  the  employ  of  the  people  in  Newark,  who  make  ' 

this  little  alkaline  battery,  is  very  anxious  to  get  a  position 
with  Robinson,  and  is  reporting  to  him  what  the  Newark  people  are 

They  have  applied  for,  and  have  been  allowed,  patents 
on  a  form  of  plate  on  which  they  use  tubes,  the  same  as  ours,  but 
placed  horizontally  instead  of  vertically  in  the  plates.  They  are  | 
using  iron  and  nickel,  and,  Robinson  says  it  will  be  difficult 
for  anyone  to  see  the  difference  between  the  two  cells. 

The  fact  that  we  have  not  gone  after  them  has  le£d 
them  to  believe  that  we  do  not  think  much  of  the  Edison  Battery 
patents.  They  have  therefore  taken  liberties  with  them.  They  remarked 
to  this  man  that  they  have  been  making  this  alkaline  battery  for 
several  years,  and  that  we  have  not  even  attempted  to  stop  them. 

They  state  tftat  they  are  now  so  convinced  that  they  are  not  infringing, 
that  they  are  installing  machinery  to  manufacture  these  tubular 
constructed  cells,  and  expect  to  have  them  on  the  market  about  the 
middle  of  March. 

Robinson  is  coming  out  Wednesday  to  see  Lanahan  of  the 
Legal  Department •  I  eipect  to  be  in  Washington  Wednesday,  and  if 
you  want  to  talk  with  Robson  on  the  matter,  I  will  instruct 
him  to  call  on  you. 

The  Newark  people  have  already  made  two  of  these  cells, 
and  are  testing  them  out.  They  report  results  as  very  satisfactory. 

I  am  dictating  this  before  going  to  New  York  in 
connection  with  that  Royal  Gorge  Railroad  proposition. 

January  39,  1912. 

Mr.  Edison, - 

I  am  satisfied,  from  the  sluggishness  of  new 
business  in  Edison  Battery,  that  whatever  money  we  are 
spending  for  advertising  through  the  columns  of  the  med¬ 
iums  used  is  not  being  well  enough  done,  or  the  selection 
is  poor. 

I  want  to  talk  this  matter  over  with  you  when 
you  have  the  leisure  and  time  to  do  so. 

K,  B,  H, 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison:  - 

The  data  you  gave  us  on  the  Illinois  Central  Kail- 
road's  servioe,  to  enable  us  to  submit  plans  to  you  for  the 
eleotrio  locomotives  we  would  propose  for  use  with  your 
storage  battery,  was  as  follows  for  the  three  classes: 

Freight  Service:  Length  of  run  -  about  10  miles. 
Maximum  weight  of  train  exclusive  of  locomotive  -  1000  tons. 
Maximum  speed  with  this  weight  of  train  -  15  miles  per  hour. 

PBKsenger  Servioe:  Length  of  run  -  about  10  mileB. 
Maximum  weight  of  train  exclusive  of  locomotive  -  500  tons. 
Maximum  speed  with  this  weight  of  train  -  40  miles  per  hour. 

Switching  Servioe:  Maximum  weight  of  train  exclusive 
of  locomotive  -  500  tons.  Maximum  speed  with  this  weight  of 
train  -  8  miles  per  hour. 

This  data  will  be  sufficient  for  us  to  submit 
locomotive  designs  for  the  Beveral  classes  of  servioe.  I 
find  that  we  do  not  need  further  information  to  prepare  the 
descriptions  and  drawings  for  which  you  asked. 

The  work  is  well  under  way  and  we  hope  to  have  it 
in  your  hands  by  the  first  of  next  week. 


The  motor  oontrol  is  being  laid  out  to  operate  with 
the  motors  in  series,  series  parallel,  and  parallel,  supple¬ 
mented  hy  shunting  the  motor  fields  and  it  is  probable  that 
no  external  resistance  will  be  required  with  the  possible 
exception  of  the  first  position  of  the  controller  in  order 
to  handle  the  looomotive  alone  when  ooupling  to  oars. 

It  appears  that  the  same  looomotive  oan  be  used  in 
either  the  passenger  or  switching  servioe  with  simply  a  higher 
speed  gearing  for  the  passenger  work. 

Should  I  be  away,  Mr.  Dodd  will  deliver  the  drawings 
and  description  to  you  as  you  may  have  some  comments  or  ques¬ 
tions  to  ask  with  regard  to  what  we  propose. 

Tours  very  truly, 

Engineer,  Hy.  &  Tract.  Dept. 


January  30th,1912. 

Hr.  Edison;- 

Hr.  Bourquardoz  suggests  that  you  write  a  short 
note  to  dol.  J.  Rupert  thanking  him  for  the  order 
which  he  gave  Hr.  Bonrquardez  for  21  trucks  equipped 
with  Edison  Batteries.  It  might  he  well  to  express 
yourself  and  give  your  opinion  of  the  life  that  will 
he  given  hy  these  batteries  when  properly  taken  care 

February  1,  19X2. 

Mr.  Edison,- 

I  have  been  requested,  by  the  Navy  League  to  attend 
the  convention  and  banquet  in  Washington  in  the  latter  part 
of  Fsbryary,  at  which  banquet  President  Taft,  Secretary  Meyer, 
and  practically  all  the  Government  Officials  will  be  present. 

They  want  me  to  deliver  an  addreso  on  the  subj  eot 
of  Edison  Storage  Battery  for  Navy  use. 

Pretty  good  advertising. 


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February  sixth, 
19  12 

Mr,  Charles  Edison, 

6  Louisburg  Square, 

Boston,  Mass. 

Bear  Oharles,- 

Your 'postal  received. 

I  have  instructed  that  enough  KOH  be  forwarded 
to  you,  to  enable  you  to  refill  your  cellB ,  Be  Bure  to 
have  the  electrolyte  one-half  inch  above  the  tops  of  the 
plates,  and  dump  out  all  the  electrolyte  before  putting 
in  the  new. 

I  am  sending  you  by  registered  mail,  one  of 
the  16  candle  power,  three  volt  lamps  I  had  made  special 
to  order.  I  had  the  hallucination  that  this  lamp  had 
been  forwarded  to  you  when  the  batteries  were  forwarded, 
but  find  I  must  have  dreamed  it. 

Beach  has  a  man  working  for  him,  named  Scott. 
Scott  knows  more  about.  thiB  Beach  Cs.r  in  a  minute  than 
Beach  will  ever  know,  X  refer  to  tho  practical  operating 
data,  etc.  I  got  in  touch  with  Scott  on  this  North  Newark 
proposition,  and  he  says  the  best  thing  for  me  to  do  is 
to  call  on  Mr,  Parsons,  Division  Superintendent  in  Jersey 
City,  and  talk  the  matter  over  with  him.  Parsons  can  give 
mo  ail  the  data  we  want.  I  have  been  endeavoring  td  get 
hold  of  Parsons  for  a  couple  of  days,  hut  he  has  been 
away.  I  am  called  to  West  Point  Wednesday  noon,  to  spend 
the  night,  and  give  the  Cadets  a  lecture  of  Edison  Stor¬ 
age  Battery  Thursday  morning.  I  am  returning  to  Orange 
Thursday  evening,  and  expect  to  leave  Sunday  night  on  an 
extended  trip  through  the  West  and  parts  of  the  HaBt,  for 
the  purpose  of  starting  something  in  the  way  of  the  use 
of  Edison  Battery  for  ignition,  lighting,  Belf-starting, 
etc.  This  lethargy  is  getting  on  the  nerves  of  your  father 
and  myself,  and  we  have  determined  to  pitch  in  and  boost 
things  a  bit.  He  wants  me  to  call  on  the  various  raanuf- 
actueers,  and  by  taking  the  matter  up  directly  with  the 
presidents  of  these  companies,  start  something.  While  it 
is-  out  of  my  Department,  as  far  as  the  sales  are  concerned, 
I  am  perfectly  willing  and  anxious  to  do  anything  I  can 
to  promote  the  welfare  of  the  Company,  because  I  am  tired 


of  seeing  that  Company  a  drain  on the XfSI^if 

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finger  nails  behind. 

You  might  suggest ' to  the  Head  of  the  Electrical 


fore. the  entire  student  body. 

Dr.  T.  C.  Martin,  the  Secretary  of  the  National 

OsSSSSH&Kfe  a? 

hSt  gldovm  togtho  benefit  of  the  Company. 

I  will  try  to  get  an  opportunity  of  ageing  Par- 

avrassy* SSSr- 

are  other  lines  to  -he  'ol„n  ^hc  thing  up  while 

under  consideration.  I  want  to  clean  tnc^tpi  6^^ 

I  am  at  it.  It  is  J^^.^^omcbile  trip,  I  will  hare  a 
it.  When  I  return  from  my  automcone 
better  opportunity. 

Yours  sincerely. 



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Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq. 


February  is 

Dear  &ir:- 

Enolosed  herewith  we  are  pleased  to  send  you  pre¬ 
liminary  specifications  and  approximate  prices  for  eleotrio 
locomotives  to  he  used  with  your  storage  batteries,  in  passen¬ 
ger,  freight  and  switching  service,  as  specified  by  you  at 
our  reoent  conference. 

Very  possibly  you  may  desire  some  further  informa¬ 
tion  and  we  would  appreciate  the  opportunity  to  discuss  these 
specifications  with  you.  If  you  will  kindly  advise  what  day 
it  will  be  convenient,  Mr.  Dodd  or  mysblf  will  hold  ourselves 
in  readiness  to  meet  you  at  your  office  in  Orange. 

Yours  very  truly, 

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Engineer,  By.  &  Tract.  Dept. 




Soheneotady,  H.  Y.,  Feb.  10,  1912. 

Mr.  ThomaB  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  E.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 

Referring  to  preliminary  report  on  electrio 
locomotives  for  use  in  connection  with  your  storage 
batteries,  which  we  are  today  submitting  for  your  con¬ 
sideration,  our  approximate  price  is  $24,600.00  F.O.B. 
Soheneotady,  for  the  first  locomotive  for  either  passenger 
freight  or  switohing  service  as  covered  by  report  above 
referred  to  and  specifications  Hos.  859  and  860,  and  an 
approximate  prioe  of  $22,000.00  for  subsequent  locomotives 


rrelimmary  report 

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L  ^  '  'for  -  \  •  • 


Submitted  by  General.  Eleotrio  Company 




Submitted  by- 

SC  HE1IEC  TABY ,  II .  Y 



The  enclosed  speoifioations,  curves  ana  description  cover 
a  locomotive  which  is  proposed  to  ho  operated  in  connection  with 
a  storage  hattory  tender.  For  the  purposes  of  preliminary 
oaloulation  this  tender  »ae  been  assumed  to  weigh  about  50  tons. 
The  voltage  of  the  battery  is  assumed  to  vary  from  350  volts 
at  open  circuit  to  210  volts  at  the  maximum  rate  of  disohargo. 
There  will  be  furnished  upon  the  locomotive  either  a  standard 
set  of  third  rail  shoes  or  an  overhead  trolley  suitable  for 
collecting  ourrent  for  operation  of  the  locomotive  alone 
when  disconnected  from  the  storage  battery  tender-  *or  ordinary 
operation  and  when  hauling  loads  current  will  bo  delivered  to 
the  locomotive  at  suitable  toiminals  at  each  end  of  the  loco¬ 
motive  where  flexible  leads  or  jiimpers  coming  from  the  storage 
battery  tender  can  be  attached.  This  specification  does  not 
cover  these  leads  or  any  special  devices  in  connection  with 
the  storage  battery,  it  being  assumed  that  these  devices  will 
be  covered  by  the  storage  battery  estimate. 

These  designs  and  speoifioations  are  submitted  for 
preliminary  purposes  only.  The  equipments  have  been  designed 
with  a  oapacity  for  hauling  the  specified  weight  of  train  at 
the  specified  speeds.  Some  variation  in  this  oapacity  can 
he  obtained  by  furnishing  more  or  less  forced  ventilation, 
but  the  amount  of  this  cannot  bo  decided  until  complete  details 


are  furnished  shoeing  the  exact  requirement  of  the  service. 
s.0h  details  reuld  m.lndei-  «»  »»”'>-«'  «  intermediate  .top. 
end  .10.  down.;  the  nmennt  of  layover,  at  the  end  of  the 
10  mile  run;  the  .meant  ef  sritablng  at  te»inal.  beta... 
ran.!  end  other  el.ilar  detail..  *lth  »»”h  information  it 
rill  he  possible  to  »*•  «»«1  a*11”1"  recommendation.  as 
t,  .hat  snoant  of  foro.d  ventilation  if  any.  *11  »•  reinlred 
'  .pen  the  motors  or  .hether  «...  modlfloatio.  in  the  «ndlnE. 
and  deslen  of  tho  motors  her.  presented  is  advisable. 


The  locomotive  proposed  for  passenger  servioe  is  de¬ 
signed  to  moot  the  following  re quiremonts : - 

S^°Uht“of  tfa^exolusive  of  locomotive 
Max^sSea-vS  SK  -ight  of  train  -  40  M 

The  locomotive  whose  consideration  we  recommend  for 
this  servioe  is  a  geared,  articulated  type  of  locomotive  equipped 
with  4  GBZ-247  motors.  She  outline  and  dimensions  of  the  looo- 
motive  are  shown  on  Photo.  #221020-  attached  to  specifications. 

Speo.  #859-  eives  a  description  of  the  construction 
and  equipment  of  this  locomotive  . 

Charaoteristic  curves  of  the  GEZ-247-  motor  are 
attached  to  the  specifications.  Also  curves  of  the  locomotive 


complete  showing  the  speed  and  tractive  effort  at  various 
ourrants  as  ohtained  with  various  oombinations  of  motors.  The 
chnraoteriatio  curves  of  the  OM-847-  are  based  upon  a  con- 
a taut  voltage  of  300  Volta  at  the  motor  terminals  lmt  the 
locomotive  characteristics  aro  based  upon  a  voltage  at  the 
motors  varying  from  350  Volta  at  open  circuit  to  £10  Volta 
at  5000  amps,  output. 

She  data  of  this  curve  aro  briefly  tabulated  in  tho 
following  table.  This  table  given  the  oharaoteri sties  of  the 
locomotive  in  current  requirement  and  speed  on  various  stops 
of  tho  controller  with  a  maximum  tractive  effort  of  30000  lbs. 
it  also  gives  the  same  characteristics  with  a  tractive  effort 
of  4P00  lbs.,  which  corresponds  approximately  to  the  tractive 
effort  required  to  move  a  600  ton  train,  upon  a  level  traoh.  In 
this  table  the  successive  columns  refer  to  various  motor  com¬ 
binations  as  follows:— 

Col.  I-  All  motors  in  series. 

Col.  II-  Motors  in  series  with  fields  shunted. 

Col.  Ill-Motors  in  series  parullel  with  full  field. 

Col.  IV-  Motors  in  series  parallel  with  shunted  field, 

Col.  V-  Motors  in  parallel  with  full  field. 

Col.  VI-  Motors  in  parallel  with  shunted  fioia. 

In  addition  to  those  six  running  steps  it  is  prob¬ 
able  that  about  six  rheostat  steps  will  be  required  to  pre¬ 
vent  undue  fluctuations  of  current  and  tractive  effort  between 


successive  running  stapa ,  making  a  total  of  about  1*-  con¬ 
troller  stops » 


I  II 

Tr.  Eff.  30000  3000® 
Curr.  por  loco.  970  1200 
Speed  3.5  4.0 
Tr.  Eff.  4800  4800 
Curr.  Por  Loco.  288  370 
Speed  8  10 
Res. Motors  .108  .08 

III  17  V  VI 

30000  30000  30000  30000 

1940  2400  3900  4800 

7.3  8.3  13.0  14. B 

4800  4800  4800  4800 

560  730  1100  1460 

16.6  21  32  41.5 

.027  .02  .007  .005 

In  addition  to  the  current  demanded  for  operating 
the  driving  motors  a  certain  amount,  of  currant  will  he  required 
for  auxiliary  apoaratun. approximately  ns  follows 

Lighting  oirouit  1  nmP* 

Headlight  £.5 

Control  oironits-  average  6  , , 

Compressor  marc.  40  amps*  ave.  20  ,, 

Blowor  for  motor  ventilation  _ 9_  •> 

Total  auxiliaries,  approx.  40 


The  locomotive  proponed  for  freight  service  is  de- 
-  signed  to  moat  the  requirements. 

Length  of  run  -  10  mils a, 

Maximum  weight  of  train  exclusive  of  locomotive 

and  tender  1000  tons, 


Maximum  Bpeed  with  this  weight  of  train  -15  MPH 
The  locomotive  whose  consideration  wo  reoommend 
for  this  service  is  a  geared  articulated  type  of  locomotive, 
equipped  with  4-GEZ248-  motors. 

The  outline  and  dimensi  ons  of  the  locomotive  are 
shewn  on  Photo.  #221020-  attached  to  tho  specifications. 

Spec.  #860-  gives  a  description  of  the  construction 
and  equipment  of  this  locomotive. 

Characteristic  curves  of  the  GKZ24R-  motor  are  at¬ 
tached  to  the  specifications.  Also  curves  of  the  locomotive  com¬ 
plete  showing  the  speed  and  tractive  effort  at  various  currents 
as  obtained  with  various  combinations  of  motnrs.  She  characteris¬ 
tic  curves  of  the  GKZ-24R-  are  based  upon  a  constant  voltage  of 
300  volts  at  the  motor  terminals,  hut  the  locomotive  characteris¬ 
tics  are  based  upon  a  voltage  at  the  motors  varying  from  350  Volts 
at  open  circuit  to  210  Volts  at  2000  amps,  output. 

The  data  of  this  curve  are  briefly  tabulated  in  the 
following  table:—  This  table  gives  the  characteristics  with  a 
maximum  tractive  effort  of  30,000.  lbs.  It  also  gives  tho  same 
characteristics  with  a  tractive  effort  of  8800  lbs.  which  corres¬ 
ponds  approximately  to  that  required  to  movo  an  1100  ton  train 
upon  a  level  tracb.  The  successive  columns  refer  to  the  same 
motor  combinations  as  in  the  corresponding  table  for  passenger 
locomotive.  ,  Intermediate  rheostat  stops  will  he  required  hero 
as  in  the  passenger  locomotive  to  prevent  undue  fluctuation  of 
ourront  and  tractive  effort • 



Sr.  Eff 

Curr.  per  looo. 

I-  II- 

30000  30000 

440  580 

1.2  2.0 

III-  IV- 

30000  30000 

890  1160 

3.0  3.7 

V-  VI- 
30000  30000 

1770  2320 

5.3  5.2 

Tr<  Kff>  8800  8800  8800  8800  8e00  8f00 

Z,.r*  *»»•  1,6  p-"°  360  *°”  no  1000 

3p.„a  *.* 

,  , —  ,  .832  .075  .058  .0187  .0145 

Kea.  Motors  •» 

Additional  onrrent  for  oporation  of  auxiliaries  of 
approximately  40  amps,  will  bo  required  on  this  as  on  the  pre¬ 

vious  proposition. 

S'.VIT  CH  III  S  10C0M0TI VE  . 

;7e  understand  the  iocomotives  for  switching  servioe 
lc  i,o  meet  the  following  requirements. 

Maximum  weight  of  train  exclusive  of  locomotive  500 
t0nU‘  I5aximum  speed  with  thi  s  weight  of  train-  8  VSR 

Referring  to  the  curves  submitted  for  the  freight  loco, 
motive  equipped  with  40K3248-  motors  it  will  he  seen  that  the 
Iir,t  four  motor  comhinations  as  shown  upon  that  curve  will  meet 
fairly  well  the  requirements  presented  for  the  switching  locomo¬ 
tive.  We  would  suggest  that  it  will  he  advisable  to  consider  the 
same  locomotive  for  freight  and  switching  servioe  using  the  lower 
speed  combinations  for  switching  worX  and  the  high  speed  combin- 


ation  for  +.he 



throng  freight  service. 

Reapeotfully  Submitted. 

■fl. Blotter,  Engineer, 


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LOCOMOTIVE  specifications 

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Type  of  bufTers.—IlQIlQ _ _ _ _  _ 

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„.  -.1  „  „„,i  the  ends  o£  the  cab  will  be  built  of  K  inch  steel,  the  roof  of  No.  8  steel,  sub- 

°-S' ted  to  a  frame  work  of  steel  angles  properly  braced  and  riveted  together. 

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. . . 'T„s  will  be  of  wood  glased  with  first  quality  double-thick  glass. 


a  Ad-  O-pamt-ing—  pOdU4dXHa* — 

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TOOLS  AND  FIXTURES  teel  to  1  box  with  wrenches,  hummer,  chisels,  packing  tools,  pinch 

‘  bar,  ouT 

H  w“o.p.f^ . 

AIR  B?UKE  EQDE!^.E.N.S.e.mral..^lao~trio..5ly.pfl--Iife~a^s^1^^^,^^0'msti0 

;7r  brAka..Xax...dnub^ 

Main  reservoirs.... . Im..-.a4!.V..X...46.-. - - - - . 

51  “r  brake  cylinder . J?. QUX. - - - “ 

vij  Air  signaL.....wJ.lX...'h£ - - 

I  . 

AIR  COMPRESSOR  Motor  tf.riVOn»ir  rnmoressor.. having  a  total 

. .  ■»  w  *  -  •  »»•»» 

1  MOTORS  _  SKZ-P.47-  IlOX 

l  MSS£jS£SSSL I ife 3&£ ovSl^Uon  9*.^ 

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j  r“ted  'suspension011!'^. . - 

GEARS  AND  =  g^gl . Gcar  tceth _ M _ Pinion  leeth.  — .  . 

Tima  itaSk  on 

CONTROL  ^  ^  ^ 


.'Idct  IS-  xhuni-ani.  .r.heoatat  •ntapa.. .  . 

^,t"™^CXTr  the  specified"  service  wiU  he  provided  and  properly  secured 

H  TJZZ^Zr^Tsp^  above,  the  necessary  appamtus  will  be  provided  for 
the  locomotives  from  any  master  controller.  Electric 

contro  g  aooaratus  and  details  thereof  will  be  in  accordance  with  the  Genera  • 

Company's  smndard  practice  unless  otherwise  specified  and  detailed  as  part  of  the  contract. 

COLLECTING  DEVICES  ^  ^  ^  ^ _ troUey-and  base._.s«itably  insulated  for  collecting 

_  _ 



i  Spue.  No„859 - 

';  LIGHTING  AND  MISCELLANEOUS  ^EQUIPMENT  ^  ^  iUum,'naUng  cub  ond  gauges,  and  tor  head- 
.,j  '”’ht  Headlights. . 2-  «ultl  inoonileacent  HeaAlfefthtB . 

j  . "XmXra-  an^voltmotorfl  vii  11  fce  conveniently  locatoil . 

_  Sea  tables  and  onrves  attached 

CAPACITY  t  tra.n  the  ,ocomotivc  wiU  handlecontinuouslyinactunlservice 


vdt.^t'thh  roUng  the  locomotive^vill  operate  a  train  of  approximately . tons  gross 

i  weight,  including  locomotive,  running  free  on  a  grade  of.  . . Pcr  cent-  ^  ^  _ 

The  maximum  instantaneous  tracli™C"^ 

’’“"“^te i  tangent  track  will  he  approximate, y .  . ***** 

..  .  ft  trnin  0f  _ . tons  gross  weight,  assuming . pounds  per  ton 

PAINTING  AND  LETTERING ^  ^  p.i|n;cdi  lhe  exterior,. color  black;  the  interior 

nished  by\h“?usfomerUSithUfhi' »ntractb° 








Specification  No _ MO. _  Date - - 

Specification  for  A...M!40-..R_jA^..4aKK...£48---300-  -VOltfl - Locomotive 

Proposed  for. . - “ 

rwFBAL  DESIGN  SAfi pi  A±faim.-oarCTiiW-JftB&l-.ixal>a-aBfl.-jaaimtaa- 

railway. ..  motars^. - - - -  ” 

Design  shown  by - -  - - 

general  DIMENSIONS  (, 
Length  Inside  of  knui 

Length  ovor  cab - 

Height  over  cab... — 
Height  with  troUoy  6 
Width  over  alL - 

WEIGHTS  (Approximate) 

_ x)n  Weight  on  guiding  trucks - 

Min.  radius  of  curvature — H50-'- - 

—8-1/2 'Dead  weight  pe 

running  gea^^  r.VWnine  f^sr-  GGnB}Bts  of-  -two.  iour.^hool  '4;*a^8.- 

oofiple-t«ly-effiMtll*«»art - j““ _ _ _ _ 


he  best  cast  steel  tempered  in  oil,  and  each  proportioned  to  the  weight 

carried,  with  ample  factors  of  safety. 

“  Wheels  will  be  purchased  from  reliable  manufacturers  and  will  be  subject  only  to  wheel  ms 

guarantees.  Driving  Wheels  Guiding  Truck  Whee 

Type  and  material  ...3tnol  -tlT BB  -On-<WV&t  StaaL-AWntayS - 

-.PopBBd-  -b$ 


•8— 1-/8" — 

•MGS — contour . 

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Whistle-fiMmlteO^^^ - 


-  . 

to»]ce  Xor.iTini^^JSM.„OTfiEfliiQiiJilLJhfi...T!rflsl.dftiU _ 

Main  reservoirs-  ?W-  34".  X  4fi’.L . . . . . . 

Air  brake  cylinder „X0AUr...8"-.  fliftraS.1J.f’X... _ _ _ _ _ 

Air  signal..Vii21..-feft-.Sr.0.?.lAfl.e..^ - 


There  will  be  provided  in  the  cab  ..MCI  .tlOX..  .Cl  2T.1  .Y.OIl....air  compressor  ....having  a  total 

I  piston  displacement  o£ . .7.5 ...cubic  feet  per  minute  when  delivering  air  at  a  pressure  of....l3.Q... 

e  pounds  per  square  inch  and  operating  at3Q.Q. . volts. 

Number . ...P.QHr„„ _ _ Type„GEZ-/i4P-.-..'b.QX-j;x.atiia.^flar.o.iJ.^-.oammutfi- 

tlng  po.l«(....iao..tQx.a,..tle.aign.6.a...f.or..„Qperft't;j£»i.„an_3.0.0...s.Qli;fl - 

Gear  ratio . !.E! . Gear  teeth _ SIS; - 

ons...Qj;...fPXKO..<1..6i.OOl - - - - 



1  The  locomotive  will  be  equipped  with  Type-- k . .Oi.ngl0...?.W1.1;„.  .  control 

With...2...maa.t0.r....controllers  arranged  for  steps  and  combinations^ as  follows:...-"........  ... 

I  in^_.a.oxiQfl..pornll.Ql.-flad..uivr.ft.TJ..0.1..^_.t.k.-lniernodj£ito  field 

i  Bhim±...atid..r)ifto.Qiat..at6.|ia. . - . - . 

3.0. . locomotives  may  be  operated  in  multiple. 

.  Contactor®  of  proper  sise  to  operate  the  power  circuits  will  be  included  with  Type  M  control. 

If  multiple  unit  operation  is  specified  above,  the  necessary  apparatus  will  be  provided  for 

J  All  control  apparatus  and  details  thereof  will  be  in  accordance  with  the  General  Electric 

Company’s  standard  practice  unless  otherwise  specified  and  detailed  as  part  of  the  contract. 


•^COLLECTING  DEVICES  ui  bl  ’  1  t  d  f  U  f 

i?  current  at . . volts  from  a  trolley  conductor  located . . . . ~~ . . 

‘i  8uitabletorjairuila.5vilX';...thaf]..eKi>)le 

%  r . loads  extending  from  the  storage 

ha  ttery-tender — . . . . . - . . . . . 

.....leads  extending  from  the  storage 



Spec.  No....eeO . 

lighting  and  miscellaneous  equipment 

Headlights. . gwjJul'fcilncnnrloHnfln'thendliRhts . 

Heating  apparatus . HOIW . - . - . 

. Amnre-tBra'  anft'"voltmB'tor '•'wl.ll  ■ ‘be"  oomrantontly  located  ;• 

_  See  taW.QB  and  onrvoB  attached 

(Note.— The  weight  of  train  which  the  locomotive  wiU  handle  continuously  in  actual  serv 
will  depend  on  the  grades,  their  length  and  frequency,  number  of  stops,  character  of  service,  a 
other  conditions  which  must  be  given  in  detail  before  guarantees  can  be  made.)^ 

pounds,  the  speed . -....miles  per  hour  and  the  total  input . amperes  at...- . 

volts.  At  this  rating  tho  locomotive  will  operate  a  train  of  approximately . tons  gr 

The  maximum  instantaneous  tractive  cllort  for  starting  purposes  will  be 

pounds  with  a  current  of . amperes  per  motor,  assuming  26  per  cent.  ce~ 

The  maximum  speed  on  a  level  tangent  track  will  be  approximately . 

hour  with  a  train  of . tons  gross  weight,  assuming . pounds  per  t. 

. miles  per  hour. 

_  30  primed  and  s 

green,  with  standard  aluminum  lettering  but 
nished  by  the  customer  with  the  contract. 

ably  painted,  the  exterior,  color  black,  the  interior 
»  other  striping.  Information  on  lcttenng  to  be  tur- 


All  bolt  threads  will  be  U.  S.  standard  except  where  finer  threads  are  necessary. 

tion  .  ,  *  Schenectady  _uhfact 

The  locomotive  will  be  erected  complete  in  running  order  at . suoject 

to  the  purchaser’s  inspection. 

The  following  tests  will  he  made  bel on  thc  assemblcd  locomotive,  or  on  the 
individual  J&s  Fn  accordance  with  standard  specifications  of  the  General  Electrie  Company,  or  of 
the  A.I.E.felcMureroent  o{  resistnncc  of  rh  tats  and  wiring  on  the  assembled  locomotive  to  show 
that  the  co^“cetr^“  “aHon”  S'Fpcratiof'on  a  test  track  to  test  general  mechanical  features, 

operation  o^conUM^  of  bearings. 

delivery  ^  locomotivc  will  llt  ,klivcrcd  on-  HiY .H.R  .Tt?.  trackB  at  Sohenootady 

care  foJbeSgs.  °Expc°n"F  o"  mess'engm'wSl  be  billed  to  purchaser  at  cost. 

Quotation  and  delivery  are  based  on  the  J0“”?‘iT“n7£c„tl Z l^Ued  fn  acJoFdaiee  with  the 

Specification  prepared  by. .  SiTvPOdil - - 



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February  15,  1912. 

Mr.  Edison, - 

I  have  the  names  and  addresses  of  558  registered 
steam  vessels  of  the  United  States.  I  propose  to  write 
a  booklet  on  the  speoial  subject  of  small  storage  battery 
plant  to  be  charged  in  the  daytime  and  to  operate  the 
electric  lights  of  the  vessel  at  night.  Of  course,  w&iie 
the  vessels  have  not  already  electric  lights,  a  little 
generator  can  be  driven  by  the  propeller  shaft  and  vail 
accomplish  the  result  for  charging. 

Owing  to  my  familiarity  with  marine  conditions, 

I  think  X  can  get  up  a  nice  booklet  for  this,  as  soon  as 
I  get  this  advertising  matter  under  way.  I  think  it  would 
be  a  good  scheme  to. start  this. 


February  IB,  1912. 

Mr.  Mis  on,  - 

There  are  110,000  motor  boats  in  uae  in  the 
United  States.  Bach  one  of  them  has  some  kind  of  battery 
for  ignition,  and  a  large  majority  of  them  have  need  for 
electric  lights.  None  of  the  engines  are  self-starting. 

I  suggest  that  we  take  up  the  self-starting  matter  with 
the  motor  boat  manufacturers,  and  work  out  a  proposition 
for  them  the  same  as  we  have  for  the  automobiles.  I  also 
suggest  that  we  go  into  the  motor  boat  papers,  with  ad¬ 
vertisements  about  April  first. 


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February  16th,  1912. 

FOR  G.  S.  IPOOMOTITBS  FOB  I.  G.  H.  H. 

A.  passenger  locomotive 


.  3pcci  flection  #859 

:or.  train  10  miles 
i  level  40  H  P  H. 

Assumed  Pate 

rotors  In  parallel  with  full  field  ( combination  V) 
assumed  to  ho  r.ormr.l  running  combination. 

Tractive  Effort,  lhs.  4800  8ggp° 

Current,  amperes  JU^P  '  13 

Speed,  miles  oer  hour  ™ 

Amp-hr.  ceuacity  of  battery  fl/8"  tubes)  20  A-H  per 
C-type  positive;  or,  150  A-H  per  S-type  positive. 

Internal  Resistance:  .012  ohm  per  C-type  positive,  or 
.0016  ohm  per  S-type  positive. 

Kormt-1  Batten/,  270  cells,  type  S-22  (  5  x  5  ] 

Capacity  5300  amp-hrs. 

1100  amp.  for  5  hours. 

Av.  voltage  S  1100  amp.  (normal)  320 

u  n  5900  11  (maximum)  265 

ITo.  of  10-mile  trips  per  charge  9.6 
Appro*.  bet„0._  .coll„,  «,  tt. 

"  height  overall,  41  inches. 

Small  Battery,  276  cells,  type  5-15  (5  t.  5  ) 

Capacity  2250  amp-hrs.  or  1100  amp.  for  2.05  hours 
Av.  voltage  -  1100  amp.  (normal)  320 
«t  «  ^  3900  "  (mexiinum  ]  238 

To.  of  10-milc  trips  per  charge,  6.5 
Aoorox.  weight,  62  tons  „  ,  ,.r  « 

floor  space  (1"  between  cells)  26o  sq.  -t. 
«  height  overall,  41  inches. 

I >  Freight  locomotive,  G.E.  Specification  £860 


m0  null  1000  ton  train  10  miles 
w8X‘  sueed  on  level  15  M  P  H. 

As siimed  Beta 

Kotors  In  parallel  with  full  field  (combination  Y) 
assumed  to  he  normFl  running  combination. 

Tractive  Effort,  lhs. 
Current,  amperes 
Speed,  miles  per  hr. 





formal  Battery,  270  cells,  typo  5-14  (5x3) 

Torsi  Condition 




Capacity  2100  arap-hrs.,  or  710  amperes  for 
Av.  voltage  ?  710  amp.  (normal)  320 
»  >•  "  ?1770  ”  (rncxiimm)  287 

Ho.  of  10-miifi  trips  per  chcrge,  3.25 
Approx,  v/eight ,  57  tons 

”  floor  apsoe  fl"  between  cells)  24 
"  height  overall,  41  inches 

2.96  hrs  . 

5  sq .  ft . 

Small  Battery,  278  cells,  type  3-10  (5x5) 

Capacity  1500  amp-hrs.,  or  710  amperes  for  2.1  hours 
Av.  voltage  @  710  amp.  (normal)  320 
»  "  "1770  "  (maximum)  273 

Eo.  of  10-mile  trips  per  charge,  2.3 
Aporox.  weight,  45  tons 

"*  floor  space  (1"  between  cells)  202  sq.  ft. 

"  height  overall,  41  inches. 



,  <L*-< 

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Mr.  Thomas  Edison: 

Orange,  H.  J.  ^ 

Daar  slr!  Uc?  n^V^' 

I  have  an  eleotrioally  operated  wa$>h  th^t  I ^  ^trouhled^ 
finding  a  battery  with  a  long  enough  lifo_t°  make 
and  write  to  enquire  if  you  have 

X.  trU  r"  u 

anything  ofj  the  ’kind?  | 


ordinary  dry  oell  mixtures,  in  the  small  quantity, re¬ 

quired  will  furnish  ourrent  for  only  about  17  days,  while  X  desire 
a  battery  that  will  furnish  ourrent  for  60,  or  more  days,  the  linger 
the  better. 

The  amount  of  ourrent  required  iB  very  Blight,  pi*  motion 
of  the  esoapement,  but  as  this  motion  takes  plaoe  quite  rapidly,  onoe 
with  eaoh  vibration  of  the  esoapement  pawl,  the  volume  of  motions  for 
60  days,  or  more,  is  oonsiderable. 

The  desired  battery  should  be  quite  small,  the  smaller  the 
better,  so  that  it  may  be  attaohed,  perhaps,  to  the  fob  ohain  of  the 
watoh,  or  oarried  in  a  vest  pooket  opposite  the  watoh  pookef7with 
a  oonneoting  ohain,  with  oentral  bar  for  the  front  button  hole,  whidi 
ever  Btyle  the  person  obtaining  one  might  desire.  As  the  large,  space 
taking  works  of  the  ordinary  watoh  will  be  eliminated  in  my  movement, 
it  might  be  possible,  if  the  right  battery  were  obtainable,  to  make 
the  movements  of  the  watoh  in  a  very  thin  shell  and  plaoe  the  battery 
direotly  on  the  baok  thereof  and  make  the  total  thickness  not  muoh,  if 
any,  in  exooss  of  many  present  spring  movement  watohs;  this  would  be  a 
very  desireable  arrangement.  Can  you  furnish  me  with  suoh  a  battery? 

Yours  respeotfully, 

February  IB,  1912, 

Mr,  Edison, - 

I  have  just  .received  a  letter  from 

Mr.  R.  W.  Clark, 

Assistant  Commercial  Agent, 

Minneapolis  General  Electric  Co 
Minneapolis,  Minn., 

as  follows: 

"Mr.  Edison,  Mr.  Bee  and  yourself  will  be 
interested  to  know  (if  not  already  advised)  that 
we  have  recently  purchased  three  new  electrio 
trucks  from  three  different  builders,  with 
Edison  Battery  equipment.  Confidentially,  about 
a  dozen  more  are  to  be  purchased  in  the  near 
future.  Above  purchased  trucks  are  to  be  ex¬ 
hibited:  at  the  exposition  of  the  General  Vehicle 
Company, ^Detroit,  and  Studebaker." 

M.  R.  H. 

The  Doctor  says  I  ought  to^etay  off  my  feet  for 
three  or  four  days  longer.  i\\  It  ia  nothing 
serious,  just  a  slight  'ftreticV  of  the  ankle. 

I  am  very  anxious  tol  you  go  over  to  the 
General  Vehicle  Comphny\\  I  know  just  how 
Mr,  wagoner  and  Mr.  iloydJfeel.  They  have  sold 
in  the  neighborhood  of  3150,000  worth  (list) 
of  Edison  Batteries  in  the  las  t  thirty  days .  I 
know  they  would  appreciate  your  going  over  to 
Long  Island  City  and  looking  over  their  plant;  but 
the  main  thing  is  for  you  to  see  their  new  chassis. 
They  have  on  the  floor  a  five- ton  truck  made 
especially  for  Edison  Batteries  for  S.  Liebmann 
&  Son.  Jack  Ross  or  Walter  Holland  -  either  would 
be  a  good  man  to  go  over  with  you, and  if  you  could 
see  your  way  clear  to  go  over  the  first  of  the  week 
I  think  it  would  help  the  situation  a  lot. 


February  19,  1912. 

Mr .  Hut  ohi s on : - 

The  status  of  the  alleged  infringement  of  our  storage 
battery  patents  by  the  Newark  oonoem  is  as  follows 

Mr.  Robinson  of  the  Banner  Safety  lamp  Company  oame  out 
here  on  January  31st  last  and  told  us  that  the  Newark  oompany  was 
preparing  to  put  on  the  market  a  niokel-iron  storage  battery  very 
similar  to  or  substantially  the  same  as  the  Edison  battery;  that 
Mr.  Hubbell  of  the  Newark  oompany  had  certain  patent  applications 
allowed  in  Ootober  whioh  would  go  to  patent  in  Maroh  on  a  battery 
of  this  character;  that  only  two  of  the  new  batteries  had  been 
made  as  yet;  that  §20,000  was  being  spent  in  machinery,  eto.  for 
the  manufacture  of  these  batteries;  and  that  the  new  batteries 
would  probably  not  be  put  on  the  market  until  Maroh.  Mr. 
Robinson  promised  that  he  would  keep  us  informed  of  any  new 
developments  in  this  matter.  We  can  take  no  action  until  the 
new  batteries  are  put  on  the  market.  In  view  of  the  likeli¬ 
hood  of  a  nickel-iron  storage  battery  very  similar  to  the 
Edison  battery  being  put  out  by  this  concern  at  an  early  date, 

Mr.  Dyer  has  instructed  me  to  defer  having  the  tests  made  on 
Hubbell  battery,  that  is,  the  silver-cadmium-mickel  battery,  and 
to  hold  the  entire  matter  in  abeyance  until  the  new  batteries  are 
put  on  the  market. 


February  26,  1912. 

Mr.  Edison, - 

The  following  memorandum  for  your  exclusive  perusal. 

Comes  from  Washington. 

"The  day  you  were  in,  Courtney  returned  to  the  office, 
and  put  off  his  walk  for  the  next  day. 

"I  wanted  to  talk  with  you,  hut  couldn't  see  any  way 
to  work  it  in. 

"The  Electric  Storage  Battery  Company  are  getting  quite 
excited  about  our  specifying  Edison  Celia,  especially 
for  the  ALABAMA.  There  is  plenty  of  business  in  the  Navy, 
hut  it  needs  working  over.  The  Edison  for  secondary  inter¬ 
ior  communication  and  telephone  current  supply  is  now  go¬ 
ing  in  fine  shape,  and  is  practically  a  recognized  stand¬ 
ard  with  us.  Guess  I  told  you  we  are  shifting  over  the 
latest  ships  building  to  have  this  system.  All  this  how¬ 
ever,  is  too  small  to  be  interesting.  It  should  be  extended 
to  an  auxiliary  lighting  system,  which  would  take  in 
practically  the  wholeship  for  periods  during  action.  We 
have  that  started  by  setting  the  example  in  dynamo  and 
distribution  room,  and  it  is  only  a  case  of  having  the 
engineers  demand  for  fire  and  engine-rooms,  OrdSahbe 
Officers  for  magazines,  etc. 

"This  is  net  going  good  yet.  It  is  better  to  go  by  a  slow 
process,  then  there  is  no  question  as  to  Edison,  and  not 
especially  designed  room,  etc.,  but  not  too  slow. 


"Thla  1b  only  a  start  however,  and  what  I  wanted  to  talk 
with  you  about,  ia  to  pave  the  way  for  each  turret  to 
have  a  battery  that  it  can  operate  independently  of  the 
rest  of  the  ship .  This  should  be  worked  up  in  Bureau  of 
Ordnance,  and  have  them  forward  it  from  Bureau  of  Steam 
Engineering.  We  would  then  have  it  included  aa  an  estimate 
for  next  year,  and  be  included  in  the  Naval  Bill,  and 
amount  be  assigned  to  that  purpose.  X  am  afraid  my  ideas 
exoeed  my  patience  in  writing,  so  will  wait  till  Isaiee 
you,  and  talk  matters  over. 

"With  best  regards  -  -  - 

Please  destroy  this  immediately  after  reading. 


;  7  ?S//y£ 

February  28 » 

Mr  .Charles  Edison, 

6  Louiaburg  Square, 
Boston,  Mass. 

My  dear  Charles, - 

9  your  postal  of  Monday. 

1  think  there  must  he  sonet ning^ the 

SISK'S  . 

?i“.  If  it  .mi  .MB"  dUOy,  1J-  »  1l,v.  1  don't 

«;„»  ,io“Su  Wtu *  1"‘  “  “ 


I'll  hanged  if  1  Jno* 

with  this  Mailing  ^apartment.  ^},^y  journal  reprints 
^rnofarriving'^esul^ly.  »e^£J  a^^lf Experience 


&5^iiSSrJ.  ' 

Things  are  certainly  too^S-^^^Na^Sournal 
out  over  ono  hundred,  tnousana^o ^  therefrM?.  In  aodit- 

iS^’^So^.  adopted.0 the  »tUf&  a 

number1  of  *  uses  SSdrtlP^  ^standard  equipment. 

Your  father  made  up  his  ^^tuSSd  over 

"done*  I  am  pitting  out  is  a  |°°d  *^icity  end  .of  the 
to  me  the  entire  advertising  and  P  f  Mcoh9ehey'a 
Storage  Battery  0°^ta»sorl-because  1  placed  a  number  of 
handB.  McChesney  got  a0£!  mad  to  be  making  a  succeee 
advertisements  ^f^'busSn^sT thereae  they  tad  not.  A. 

hande  and  forwarded  It  < 

I  had#  already  contracted  for  two  pagei 

Electrical  World, 
gngineerinG  and  Mining  Journal, 
Iron  Age, 

Mo  tor  .Age , 

The  Automobile, 

Journal  of  Commerce, 


1  nm  f-oin.-t  to  duplicate  the  letters  that  I 
have  Put  into  the  to 

to  conform  »o  tne  reijui-. sa  -  ,  '  ''gome"  busy, 

SSStSfiSo'  writing  sim¬ 

ultaneously  with  both  hanrtn  and  ooth  feet. 

sntir.  « 


"rP-hU^f  it  r  °;rg»r“f..PyV.r,  .ho.,. 


Th»  tvhole  page  in  the  Journal  of  “<?nml!£°e  w111 
come  out  every  Friday.  It  is  directlyopposlte  the- 
editorial  page.  Keep  your  eyes  skinned  for  it. 

1  am  going  out  to  Minneapolis  on  the  fourteenth, 


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db^QJl  rc_i  . 


Cfi^yV^,  OwU'iAtj  ^Isd-ij/  o 

,:M^h  cult  dn  Ynmf^A^r/ 

'  (P&ws§  - 

v^atoeUiii,  1912. 

Mr  ,  Dyer ,- 

I  have  a  letter  from  Monnot,  European  Represent¬ 
ative,  from  which  I  quote  as  follows: 

"Regarding  the  Gouin  Battery,  it  is  not  that 
I  am  afraid  of  it,  and  you  know  that  I  am  not 
a  "chicken  hearted"  fellow.  I  wrote  you  ana 
Mr.  JtdiBOn  to  keep  you  posted  on  what  was  pend¬ 
ing  over  here,  thinking  it  would  he  of  inter¬ 
est,  hut  whit  may  happen -is  that  Gouin  would 
just  make  the  Edison  Batteryriunder  the  cover 
of  his  name.  He  is  certainly  trying  to  put  up 
some  financial  soherne,  and  to  get  money  both 
in  France  and  in  England.  There  has  just  been 
published  tww  long  articles  in  a  French  paper 
on  the  alkaline-iron-nickel  storage  battery, 
which  is  very  partial  to  the  Gouin  battery. 

In  comparing  the  .Edison  Battery  to  the  Gouin 
battery,  they  say  that  the  battery  contains 
graphite  in  the  positive  plates,  and  that  the 
loss  of  active  material  is  very  important.  They 
state  that  in  the  Gouin  battery  the  Iobb  of 
active  material  is  absolutely  prevented,  on 
account  of  the  surface  of  the  positive  plates 
being  oxidised  by  a  speoial  process,  and.  tnis 
oxide  “being  porous,  allows  the  action  of  the 
electrolyte^  I  hare  no  time  now  to  tell  y°u 
more  about  this,  hut  I  will  have  a  translation 
made  in  English,  and  sent  to  you.  I  intend  to 
shortly  write  an  article  in  answer  to  this  one, 
as  X  think  it  advisable  not  to  leave  the  im¬ 
pression  on  the  technical  people  that  would  he 
created  by  this  article." 




March  2 ,  1912. 

Mr.  Hutchinson: 

X  return  you  herewith  translation  of  the 
article  on  the  Gouin  cell  prepared  hy  S.  k.  Montpellier, 
which  I  have  read  with  interest- 

Bo  you  know  what  connection  there  is  between 
Montpellier  and  Gouin.  or  in  other  words,  how  many  of  the 
statements  in  the  article  are  based  on  self-interest? 

In  the  case  of  litigation  against  the  Gouin  cell 
in  this  country,  this  article  will  be  very  important  in  its 
admissions  as  to  the  mechanical  construction  and  chemical 
reactions  of  the  Gouin  cell. 

March  2, 


Mr.  Edison, - 

I  think  the  best  way  to  get  the  operating 
cost  of.  the  one  ton  truck  from  the  Phonograph  Works  is 
to  address  a  memorandum  to  some  of  the  people  down  there, 
saying  that  you  want  it.  I  doubt  whether  the  data  has  been 
kept  in  such  shape  as  to  be  readily  available,  and  X  also, 
doubt  whether  anyone  else  could  get  it  but  just  yourself. 

I  would  like  to  have  this  data  as  soon  as  poss¬ 
ible,  because  I  want  to  get  the  advertisement  I  explained 
to  you  to  go  into  an  early' issue  in  some  of  the  mediums 
we  are  using.  Hutch. 

to  see  you  and,  perhaps,  persuade  you  to  take  up  the  matter,  not 
only  for  our  own  uses,  Mr.  Karl  being  interested  with  me  in  the 
watch  matter,  but  for  the  uses  of  others.  My  friend.  Dr.  J.  C. 

Hubbard,  Professor  of  Physics  in  Clark  College,  this  City,  with 
whom  X  have  talked  on  the  subject,  says  that  they  would  be  glad 
indeed  if  such  a  battery  could  be  had,  they  now  use  small  acid 
batteries  in  their  research  work  and  are  troubled  greatly  by  the 

leakage,  which  not  dnly  wastes  the  energy  of  the  battery  but  in¬ 
jures  articles  with  which  it  comes  in  contact  in  their  laboratory. 

I  sincerely  trust  you  may  be  able  to  do  something  in  this 
line.  Again  thanking  you  for  your  reply  I  remain. 

Yours  respectfully. 

/g<yv*ry/  Sfor* ip-  - 


2054D  March  4,  1912. 

Mr.  Hutchinson: 

I  return  herewith  letter  iron^'Hr.  James 
Lawrence  und  also  the  papers  relating  to  the  Gouin  Battery. 

I  suggest  that  you  keep  me  informed  of  any  devel¬ 
opments  in  this  direction  and  if  any  .{it tempt  is  made  to 
market  the  Gouin  battery  in  the  United  States,  obtain,  if 
ossible,  a  sample  so  that  it  may  be  examined  and  analyzed 
with  the  view  of  getting  ready  to  bring  suit. 

Ordinarily  a  preliminary  injunction  cannot  be 

secured  until  a  patent  has  been  sustained  by  the  Courts, 
but  there  have  been  oases  whore  this  rule  has  not  been  fol¬ 
lowed.  / 

March  4,  1912. 

Mr.  Dyer,- 

Your  memo  of  Marchsecond  received. 

In  view  of  the  importance  of  this 
translation,  I  am  having  a  oopy  made  to  he  for-  v 
warded  to  you  for  your  files. 

•  I  know  of  no  connection  between  Mont¬ 
pelier  and  Gouin,  except  that  they  are  both 
Frenchmen.  Montpelier  has  seemed  to  he  very 
much  biased  in  favor  of  the  Gouin  cell,  and  I 
do  not  doubt  but  that  there  is  some  collusion 
between  them. 

It  might  be  an  interesting  matter  to 
make  an  investigation  through  the  regular 
commercial  agency  channels.  Mr.  Edison  subscribes 
to  the  Proudfoot  Commercial  Agency  of  New  iork, 
and  they  are  exceptionally  good  on  this  kind 
of  thing.  Perhaps  you  think  it  wise  to  call  the 
Proudfoot  Commercial  Agency  in  on  this  matte”. 


March  12th,  1912. 

Mr.  W.  G.  Bee: 

I  at  last  landed  the  Pennsylvania  order  as  you  know.  Yester¬ 
day  morning  I  telegraphed  Mr.  B.  P.  Wood,  Asst.  Eng.  at  Altoona, 
Pa.  and  at  12  o'clock  not  having  received  a  reply,  I  took  a 
train  for  Philadelphia. 

Shortly  after  arriving  in  Mr.  Porcher's,  Asst.  Purchasing  Agent’s 
office  he  was  called  on  the  phone  from  Altoona  hy  Mr.  Wood, and 
Before  the  conversation  was  ended  I  was  called  in,  and  after  a 
long  talk  with  Mr.  Wood  regarding  pur  attitude  on  the  20%  dis¬ 
count,  he  advised  Mr.  Porcher  to  go  ahead  and  place  the  order 
with  us,  at  the  same  time  registering  a  protest  against  discrim¬ 
ination,  as  he  called  it,  in  our  not  allowing  this  20%  to  them 

Mr.  Porchor  advised  me  that  +hey  were  placing  orders  for  500 
sets  of  batteries  for  64  volts.  This  would  mean  with  us  50 
cells  to  the  set.  Hr.  Porcher  told  me  that  if  we  would  give 
them  the  20%  they  would  place  with  us  an  order  for  200  sets 
of  50  cells  each  type  A-8H.  I  told  him  that  Mr.  Edison  had 
advised  me  that  he  could  not  alio >.7  this  20%  arid,  therefore, 

I  had  to  let  the  order  go  to  the  lead  people. 

Phis  question  is  becoming  more  or  less  serious  with  the  Pennsyl¬ 
vania  and  while  we  may  get  more  or  less  business  from  them  in 
small  lots,  I  doubt  if  they  will  ever  give  us  any  great  amount 
of  business,  or  at  least  will  not  do  so  for  sonetime  to  come 
until  the  battery  has  proven  it3elf  from  every  point  of  view 
to  be  superior  to  the  lead. 

As  to  the  magnitude  of  business  done  by  the  Pennsylvania  would 
refer  you  to  the  number  of  setB  purchased  by  them  during  the 
year  1911.  Outside  of  batteries  purchased  in  conjunction  with 
axle  device,  they  purchased  1,000  sets  of  32  cells  each,  300 
ampere  hour  lead  batteries.  These  batteries  they  buy  for  approxi- 
mat ely$480.00  per  set,  whereas  our  price  for  the  equivalent  am¬ 
pere  hour  capacity  and  voltage  is  $1,300.00.  You  can,  therefore, 
see  that  it  is  pretty  hard  work  to  get  them  to  appreciate  the 
full  value  of  the  Edison  Battery,  and  especially  the  Purchasing 
Agent  throws  up  his  hands  in  horror  when  he  sees  the  two  pnceB. 

Mr.  Wood  has  made  it  his  business  during  the  past  week,  as  he 
told  me,  to  investigate  a  great  many  firms  to  whom  we  sold  batter¬ 
ies  and  to  whom  we  gave  this  20%,  and  finding  a  numbor  of  such 
concerns  buying  a  smaller  amount  of  material  in  dollars  and  cents 
than  they  might  be  inclined  to  give  ub,  could  not  understand  why 
we  discriminated  against  them. 

We  have  secuted  this  order  for  2500  A-8's  and  I  am  doubtful  if 
we  secure  any  more  business  this  year,  although  I  shall  not  stop 
trying  to  land  anything  that  comes  along,  but  it  certainly  is 
getting  more  difficult  for  me  to  explain  to  Mr.  Wood  why  it  is 

Page  #2 

March  12th,  1912 

that  we  are  willing  to  lose  money,  this  being  the  statement  that 
I  have  made  to  him  regarding  all  batteries  sold  at  2 0%  to  these 
other  customers,  and  continue  to  do  so  and  not  be  willing  to 
do  the  same  for  them. 

I  do  not  want  you  to  feel  that  it  is  my  desire  to  give  this 
80%  discount,  on  the  contrary,  I  am  only  too  glad  to  fight 
for  the  price  list,  becaiise  1  feel  that- by  getting  the  price 
list  1  am  helping  the  organisation  to  a  firmer  basis  but  when 
you  have  an  order  offered  you  for  some  $260,000  it  makes  you 
want  to  weep  to  have  to  let  it  go,  knowing  that  other  customers, 
perhaps  buying  less  material,  are  getting  this  20%.  But  if 
you  are  satisfied  and  Mr.  Edison  is,  I  certainly  will  not  raise 
my  voice  in  protest. 

March  21,  1912. 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison, - 

Through  some  "hitch"  with  the  Western 
Union,  Clark  did  not  succeed  in  getting  a  wire  through  to 
your  house,  for  opening  the  Electrical  Show.  It  is  just  the 
same,  however,  ao  he  arranged  for  the  key  to  bo  closed  at 
two  o'clock  by  someone  in  the  main  office  at  Minneapolis . 

The  closing  of  the  key  sounded  a  Klaxon,  operated  by  Edison 
Storage  Battery,  announcing  to  the  Governor  receipt  of 
the  formal  opening  signal.  He  thereupon  closed  the  switches 
and  started  the  thing  going,  A  messenger  then  handed  him 
your  message,  which  he  read  from  the  band  platform  to 
quite  a  large  aggregation  of  people*  They  cheered  vociferous¬ 
ly,  I  then  took  hira  downstairs  and  got  hint  to  dictate  his 
reply  to  you  into  an  Edison  Dictating  Machine.  Had  the 
.  newspaper  men  on  the  job,  and  quite  a  few  stories  were  the 

I  addressed  the  American  Institute  of 
Electrical  Engineers  at  2  P .  M.  Monday,  having  shoved  my 
date  up  from  5P.  M.  Tuesday,  owing  to  the  abijonce  of  some¬ 
one  who  was' booked  for  2?.  K.  Monday.  This  enabled  me  to 
run  down  to  St.  Paul  and  after  addressing  the  National  El¬ 
ectric  bight  Association,  take  the  11.30  P.  M.  train  Monday 
for  Orange,  arriving  yesterday  afternoon, 

I  find  a  tremendous  interest  in  Edison 
Sdisane  Battery  throughout  the  Middle  West.  These  adver- 
tisements  we  are  putting  in  now  are  being  very  highly  spoken 
of  by  everyone  with  whom  I  have  talked.  A  number  of  people 
in  the  audience  at  both  of  these  meetings  came  up  to  express 
their  opinion  on  the  subject,  in  each  case  being  favorable. 
All  seemed  to  be  delighted  that  we  have  started  this  cam¬ 
paign  of  publicity  which  they  state  has  been  sorely  needed 
for  some  months  past. 

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V/fi  April  17th,  1912 

Dear  Sir:~ 

At  the  present  time  there  is  an  exceptional  oppor¬ 
tunity  for  men  of  moderate  capital  to  establish  themselves  in  a 
reputable  and  continuing  business  which  will  afford  a  large 
per  centage  of  profit  on  the  money  invested,  with  a  minimum  of 

1  refer  to  the  eouipment  of  gasoline  automobiles 
with  electric  lighting  outfits  comprising  Edison  Storage  Batter¬ 
ies,  together  with  electric  lamps  for  head.  Side  and  tail 
lights,  as  well  as  special  examination  lamp.  The  current  from 
the  batteries  is  also  available  for  use  for  sparking  and  for 
operating  a  Klaxon  or  similar  horn. 

After  soliciting  the  customer  the  manner  of  conduct¬ 
ing  the  business  is  to  have  the  customer’s  car  wired  by  a  compe¬ 
tent  wireman,  and  all  the  lights  and  batteries  properly  installed. 
The  customer  pays  for  the  wiring,  for  any  special  fixtures  he 
requires,  and  for  the  lamps,  but  not  for  the  batteries. 

The  batteries  remain  the  permanent  property  of 
our  Agent  and  are  placed  in  a  steel  box  at  Borne  convenient  place 
on  the  machine.  This  box  is  locked  and  the  key  retained  by  the 
Agent  so  that  the  batteries  are. under  his  control  and  cannot  be 
meddled  with. 

When  the  batteries  run  low  in  current  the  customer 
takes  his  machine  to  the  Agent's  place  of  business,  where  the 
box  is  opened,  the  exhausted  batteries  taken  out  and  a  new  and 
fully  charged  set  put  in  their  place.  All  of  this  is  done  in  a 
few  minutes.  The  Agent  then  recharges  the  exhausted  batteries 
with  electric  current,  thus  making  them  ready  for  a  similar 
exchange  with  the  same  or  any  other  customer. 

The  Agent  purchases  the  batteries  from  the  Edison 
Storage  Battery  Company,  and  they  are  hiB  property.  He  chargeB 



the  customer  a  monthly  rental  for  the  batteries,  ana,  in 
addition,  a  charge  for  each  exchange.  It  is  in  these  charges 
that  the  Agent'B  profit  consists,  and  it  will  he  very  evident 
that  the  larger  the  number  of  customers,  the  greater  the  aggregate 
monthly  earnings.  The  percentage  of  profit  of  one  well  managed 
concern  has  been  shown  to  be  50%  on  the  money  invested,  and, be¬ 
sides  this,an  additional  income  has  been  earned  from  the  sale 
of  lamps  and  other  supplies. 

A  person  going  into  this  business  would  need  to  incur 
only  a  moderate  rental  for  a  store  or  other  place.  He  would  re¬ 
quire  a  small  charging  plant  consisting  of  engine  and  dynamo 
for  recharging  the  batteries,  The  cost  of  such  a  plant  complete 
would  be  but  a  f ew  hundred  dollars.  The  engine  might  be  of 
the  gasoline  type,  and  the  whole  plant  could  be  operated  by  any 
man  of  medium  intelligence.  The  Agent  might  either  employ  a 
wireman  or  may  make  arrangements  v/ith  a  local  contractor  for 
wiring  and  installation  of  plants  on  automobiles. 

We  are  prepared  to  license  responsible  persons 
to  carry  on  this  business  in  restricted  territory  with  their  own 
capital  and  on  their  ovm  account.  It  will  be  against  our  policy 
to  contract  with  any  person  for  a  large  extent  of  territory 
at  first,  but  we  may  be  willing  to  extend  their  sphere  of  opera¬ 
tion  later  if  good  results  are  shown. 

In  this  letter  we  have  used  the  term  "Agents"  to  signi¬ 
fy  those  with  whom  we  may  make  such  arrangements,  but  such  term 
has  only  been  used  for  convenience  of  explanation.  Any  person 
whom  we  license  to  carry  on  the  business  above  described  would, 
in  the  conduct  thereof,  be  acting  on  their  ovm  account  and  re¬ 
sponsibility,  and  would  not  be  regarded  as  representing  our  Company. 

mhe  above  plan  is  not  to  be  confounded  with  Country 
House  Lighting  by  Edison  Storage  batteries,  but  the  two  propositions 
could  be  handled  by  one  man  in  the  same  general  territory,  pro¬ 
vided  he  had  sufficient  capital  to  do  juetice  to  both. 

Yours  very  truly. 

April  25th,  1912 

Messrs.  C.  H.  Wilson  ana  Eckert:- 

.Mr.  Edison  wishes  me  to  design  a  small  table  lamp 
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base  of  the  lamp. 

Kindly  send  through  a  requisition  covering  design  ana 
model  for  one  Storage  Battery  Dining  Table  Damp.  In  accordance 
with  present  understanding,  this  work  will  be  part  of  the  Thomas 
A.  Edison,  Inc.  products,  and  we  will  buy  the  storage  batteries 
required  for  the  sample  from  the  Storage  Battery  Company. 




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April  27,  1912. 

Ur.  Dyer,- 

The  following  will  interest  you. 

By  invitation,  I  appeared  Before  the  General 
Board  yesterday  morning  at  eleven  o'clock.  In  order  that 
the  proceedings  might  he  regular  and  furthermore,  to 
prevent  going  over  the  head  of  Commander  Craven,  I  turned 
over  the  complete  set  of  photographs  to  him  on  the  train 
going  down,  together  viith  the  set  of  lantern  slides  which 
we  had  made.  Admiral  Dewey  telephoned  for  Commander  Craven 
and  ha  appeared  with  the  photography,  and  explained  the 
matter  in  detail  to  the  General  Board  while  I  was  present. 

To  say  that  they  were  delighted,  expresses  it 
hut  mildly.  .Each  of  them  fchook  my  hand  warmly  indcon- 
gratulation  of  the  .Edison  Organization.  They  claim  the 
photographs  will  he  of  more  assistance  to  them  than  we 
have  any  idea  of.  Furthermore,  they  especially  enjoined  me 
again  to  keep  the  entire  matter  confidential. 

While  talking. with  them,  I  evolved  a  new  form 
of  projectile  which,  we  think,  will  prevent  a  shell  from 
ricocheting.  They  were  very  much  taken  with  the  idea,  and 
asked  me  to  v/ork  it  out  further.  If  it  will  operate,  as 
they  all  anticipate,  it  will  mean  a  tremendous  advance 
in  ordnance. 

Admiral  Dewey,  speaking  for  the  Navy,  a3ked  me 
to  convey  their  warmest  appreciation  of  the  trouble  we 
had  been  put  to  and  the  expense  we  had  undergone  in  mak¬ 
ing  these  special  photographs.  In  repjy,  I  told  him  we 
had  simplji  done  so  to  prove  that  the  Edison  Organization 
was  competent  to  do  a  great  many  things  heretofore  deemed 
impossible,  and  that  the  Buccess  attending  the  efforts 
in  this  photograph  line  was  hut  a  demonstration  that  our 
storage  battery  wae  worked  out  along  the  same  line,  ex¬ 
cept  that  it  took  eight  years  instead  of  throe  weeks  to 
accomplish  it.  Ha  replied  that  in  their  minds  .there  is  no 
doubt  that  the  Edison  Battery  is  superior  to  any  storage 
battery  in  the  World,  and  that  it  is  only  a  matter  of  time 
before  it  will  enter  very  largely  into  Naval  work.  The 
entire  Board  affirmed  the  assertion. 

I  then  took  up  the  matter  of  reserve  wireless 
batteries  with  the  Army  and  Navy,  and  will  have  to  go  to 
Washington  again  next  Tuesday  night  for  the  purpose  of 
determining  just  how  much  money  it  will  take  to  equip  all 
Government  vessels  with  reserve  wireless  having  Edison 
Battery.  I  will  then  ask  you  to  assist  96  in  getting  our 
Congressman  to  put  in  a  request  for  an  appropriation  to 
cover  Buch  amount. 

I  departed  at  2  P.  M,  for  AnnapoliB, 


of  Supt.  Gibbons  and  Captain  Nalton.  Addressed  the  Senior 
Class  and  Commissioned  Officers  on  the  Bubj ect  of  .Edison 
Storage  Battery  at  .eight  P.  M.,  illustrated  hy  lantern 
slides.  Followed  thiB  up  by  a  confidential  description 
of  the  action  of  shells  in  flight,  permission  having  been 
granted  by  the  General  Board  by  telephone. 

Following  the  battery  lecture,  I  threw  a  photo¬ 
graph  of  Mr.  Edison  holding  the  storage  battery,  onto 
the  screen,  and  the  applause  lasted  for  ten  minutes. 

After  the  Ho.  2  lecture  on  flight  of  shells  in 
air,  the  boys  became  exceedingly  enthusiastic. 

I  did  not  show  slides  ofl  the  shells^ln  flight 
as  the  General  Board  did  not  want  me  to  do  sol* 

The  boys  were  especially  anxious  to  see  the 
film  of  life  aboard  ship,  etc.  which  we  showed  in  the 
Library.  I  told  them  that  1  would  request  of  you  that  I 
be  loaned  one  of  these  films  to  show  them  next  week  when 
I  again  visit  the  Academy,  I  will  greatly- appreciate  it 
if  you  will  give  me  a  copy,  ns  they  have  a  very  competent 
moving  picture  operator  in  the  Academy,  and  on  excellent 

This  photograph  proposition  is  the  best  adver¬ 
tisement  the  Edison  3attery  has  ever  had  in  the  Navy,  and 
I  am  taking  particular  care  that  the  Battery  Is  Brought 
home  to  them  very  forcibly. 

I  expect  to  leave  Tuesday  evening,  and  will 
appreciate  it  if  you  will  allow  me  to  take  the  film  to 
Annapolis • 


N.  B.  I  turned  over  to  Mr.  Craven,  the  following: 

2  rolls  of  positives  made  from  the  6hell  negatives 
One  complete  set  of  photographs  enlarged. 

Am  forwarding  him  today  the  remaining  partial  sets 
of  photographs . 


Ur.  M.  R-  Hutchinson: 

Referring  your  memorandum  of  the 
27  th  ult. ,  I  shall  probably  J^Tsway  when  you  go  to  Washington 
in  connection  with  thi  may£r  of  reserve  batteries  for  wire¬ 
less  work  on  Governmenp  /essels. 

Our  Congressman  from  this  district  is  Hon.  E.  W. 
Townsend,  who  is  a  personal  friend  of  mine  and  who  I  am 
sure  will  he  glad  to  he  of  any  help  to  you  in  the  way  of 
having  any  proper  hill  introduced.  I  hand  you  herewith 

a  letter  of  introduction  to  him. 

Regarding  the  film  showing  life  abroad  ship,  etc., 
I  have  requested  Mr.  Plimpton  to  let  you  have  a  copy  of 
each  reel  if  possible  in  order  that  they  may  be  exhibited 
next  week  at  the  Academy.  Please  remember  that  these 
films  have  not  been  as  yet  released,  so  that  the  exhib- 
tion  should  be  confined  to  the  Academy,  and  reported  ex¬ 

cluded  if  possible. 

F.  1.  D. 

Mr.  Edison, 

Since  "beginning  this  submarine  cell  development.  1  have 
striben  to  avoid  worrying  you  with  details. 

It  is  unfortunate  that  discussion  of  C-I4  cell  should  have 
arisen  when  I  an  unable  to  talk,  and  I  furthermore  do  not  wish  to 
bother  you” with^ trifling  detail^  But.  I  dont  like  to  he  censured  for 
seeming  laok  of  attention  to  ouoh  an  important  thing  aB  filling  the 
oell  through  wator  trap. 

Bv  referring  to  witnoaned  and  dated  records  of  this  water 
trap,  originals  with  Legal  Bept  and  copy  with  me,  you  will  find, 
under  date  of  Jan.  3rd.,  1912, 

_ Tho  fundamental  principle  Involved  Hob 

in  oneniiui  a  vont  when  EILLIITO  THROUGH  TRAP.  Partial  filling 

may  also  he  done  through  vent - -  to  faoilitate  filling,  as 

filling  through  trap  alone  may  ho  too  alow. 

Being  pretty  well  occupied  in,  this  advertising  campaign, 

I  have  hot  had, the  aotual  time  to  follow  up  on  some  of  the  tests 
Norton  has  been  conducting,  but  1  was  under  the  inpre  salon  that 
anyone  with  any  conception  of  the  fundamental  prihoiple  of  the  water 
trap  would  know'  that  filling  through  the  trap  would  no  necessary 
to  wash  baok  the  potash. 

I  had  intended  designing  a  combination  filler  such  aB 
would  allow  some  of  the  water  to  pass  through  tho  trap,  and  some 
through  the  other  opening,  so  that  while  the  water  within  the  trap 
is  replenished  and  diluted,  the  actual  filling  of  the  cellwouldhe 
facilitated.  If  holes  large  enough  to  permit  of  rapid  filling  through 
the  trap  are  used,  all  the  water  in  trap  will  he  blown  out  on  first 
explosion  within. 


Alfred  j.  Thompson 

Foreign  Mining  &  Investments 

60 -tM  Broadway 


Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq.,  ^ 

Edison  Laboratories,  *' 

May  20/12. 

Orange,  H .  .T , 

Dear  Mr  Edison:- 


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«  (V-^  U' 

Since  our  pleasant  talk  on  Saturday  ^ 

I  have  been  thinking  along  the  lines  of  an  extensive  „  s  _ 
use  of  your  battery  and  have  called  upon  a  firm  or  ¥*  H  V 
bankers  with  a  view  to  financing  the  manufacture  of 
say  1,000  electric  taxi-cabs.  \r 

I  have  suggested  to  them  to  put  out  \:(c 
in  Ilew  York  City  a  thousand  electric  taxi-cabs  and  s/ 

have  written  the  Baker  Electric  Vehicle  Company  for  /  (  y 
a  conference  regarding  same.  /  »v 

If  you  think  I  should  take  this  mat-  ' 
ter  up  with  the  Detroit  people,  I  will  do  so. 

Another  feature  which  is  very  import¬ 
ant  but  which  I  will  not  mention  to  anybody  but  you, 
is  the  fact  that  I  think  I  could  have  the  City  Legal 
Tariff  revised  to  such  a  figure  that  gasolene  tazi- 
cabs  would  have  to  go  out  of  business  or  use  electrics, 

I  suppose  you  know  that  these  are 
charged  off  in  two  years,  as  useless  and  they  frequent¬ 
ly  go  to  the  junk  heap  after  one  years  service. 

I  have  an  appointment  with  John  TC.Lieb 
cf  the  Hew  York  Edison  Company  this  afternoon  to  get 
some  data  on  what  can  "be  done  regarding  “charging  rates  • 

Very  truly  yours. 



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V/ost  Orange  NJ. 

Referring  your  telegram  today  Advise  what  day  next  week  I  can  see 
you  regarding  heavy  railroad  batteries. 

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GROFtMoy  27th, 1912. 

Mr.  Edison:-  ) 

Will  you  please  write  a  personal  note  to  Mr.  J.  liewton 
Gunn,  General  Manager  oi’/the  studc baker  Corporation, 
Detroit,  Mich. ,  inviting/ Mr.  Gunn  down  to  the  laboratory 
to  talk  with  you  battery  equipment.  You  might  mention 
that  you  understood  from  me  that  they  were  figuring  on 
getting  out  a  new  line' of  electric  commercial  vehicles 
and. will  be  ready  in /three  or  four  months. 

I  personally  invited  him  down  but  I  think  it  would  bear 
some  weight  if  you/would  drop  him  a  note. 

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AT  HEY/  LONDON.  CONN..  JUNE  21.1912. 

The  "Christina”  Is  a  new  steam  yacht  177  feet 
lone  owned  by  Mr.  F.  O*  Fletcher  of  Boston,  designed  by  Gxelow 
and  Orr  of  New  York  City,  and  built  by  Pusey  and  Jones  of  Wilmington, 

Del.  The  lighting  equipment  consisting  of  an  Edison  storage  Battery 
of  100  type  A-8  oells  and  a  turbo -generator  set,  with  switchboard, 
rheostats,  eto.  was  installed  by  name tt and  Miller  of  Wilmington,  Del. 

On  Friday  Evening,  June  21st  about  7  sOO  P.M.  just 
after  the  Yale  vs  Harvard  boat-raoes  a  terrifio  explosion  in  the 
lazaret te ,  or  the  oompartment  at  the  extreme  stern  demolished  the  declf,  . 
buhkled  out  the  plates  of  the  hull,  and  wrecked  the  state-room  to  the 
front  of  the  lazarette,  instantly  killing  Mrs.  J.  N.  Jarvie 
Montclair,  U*  J.  The  accident  is  described  in  the  attached  clipping 
and  you  are  already  familiar  with  the  details. 

I  went  to  New  bond on  Saturday  noon  after  the 
explosion  to  investigate.  Mr.  Meeker  of  the  smith-Meeker  Engrg.  Co. 
had  gone  on  a  train  earlier.  On  board  the  "Christina"  when  I  arrived 
were  the  owner.  Mr.  F.  C.  Fletcher,  two  government  inspectors,  a 
representative  of  the  Architect  of  the  boat,  the  insurance  adjuster, 
the  captain  or  the  boat,  the  chief  engineer  and  others. 

After  looking  things  over  oerefully  aboard  the  boat 
X  was  absolutely  oonvinoed  that  the  explosion  was  due  to  the  hydrogen 
and  oxygen  gases  given  off  by  the  batteries  during  charge,  but  was 
unable  to  find  anything  to  indicate  how  the  gases  had  been  ignited. 

The  explosion  ooourred  entirely  outside  of  the  batterieB  in  the  lazarette 
compartment  and  not  a  single  cell  was  bulged  or  showed  the  least  sign  of 
any  trouble  except  injuries  which  were  oaused  by  upsetting  of  the  trays 
from  the  concussion. 

The  oause  of  the  accident  was  primarily  bad  design 
of  the  boat  not  allowing  proper  ventilation  for  the  battery, and  secondar¬ 
ily  neglect  in  not  keeping  open  the  small  opennlng  in  the  deck  that  was 
provided  for  ventilation.  The  lazarette  compartment  iB  practically 
tight  except  for  a  hole  about  18  inohes  in  diameter  in  the  deck.  A 
grating  is  supposed  to  be  kept  in  the  opennmg  for  ventilation,  but  when 
the  deok  is  washed  down  a  tight  brass  plate  is  clamped  in  instead  of  the 
grating.  On  the  day  of  the  aooident  this  braBS  plate  been  left  in  all 
day  while  the  battery  was  charging.  na 

The  chief  engineer  of  the  yacht,  Mr.  wm.  Corfield,  i" 
told  me  about  the  plate  being  in  all  day.  He  also  said  that  the  battery 
had  oome  off  charge  at  4:00  P.M.  and  had  been  standing  idle  up  to  the 
time  of  the  explosion  at  about  7:00  P.M.  This  shows  that  the  compartment  ^ 
must  have  been  very  tight  to  retain  the  hydrogen  Sas,  in  explosive  mixture 
as  long  as  this.  It  Also  eliminates  the  batteries  and  eleotrio  oirouita 
as  a  oause  of  igniting  the  gas,  for  evidently  even  if  there  ha*.b®®n  ® 
very  bad  contact  somewhere  in  the  wiring,  this  could  have  caused  no  trouble 

w&ile  no  ourrentwas  passing. 

I  am  inclined  to  think  that  the  battery  gases  were 
ignited  by  a  spark  due  to  friototion  at  some  point  in  the  steering 
gear  which  was  in  the  compartment  with  the  Batteries .  There  is  nothing 

else  in  the  oompartment  besides  the  batteries  and  s tearing-gear  except 
two  small  water  tanks,  a  few  carboys  of  water,  and  some  spare  coils  of 
rope  and  staple  cable. 

All  persons  aboard  the  "Christina"  were  aware 
of  the  similar  explosion  in  w.  K.  Vanderbilt- s  * 

few  years  ago.  The  battery  was  of  the  lead  acid  type, and  X  think 
they  understood  that  the  same  thing  would  have  happened  in  the  case 
of  the  "Christina"  regardless  of  what  type  of  batteries  they  were  using. 

As  I  have  said  before  the  principle  fault  was  in 
the  assign  of  the  yacht .which  did  not  povide  proper  ventilation. Even 
the  18"  hole,  had  it  been  impossible  to  close  it,  i  should  say  would 
have  been  inadequate  ventilation,  as  the  circulation  weuld  be  poor 
without  a  second  opening  at  the  bottom.  The  Yacht  ®?°klteotSBhouia 
be  approached  on  thispoint,  as  Mr.  Meeker  tells  me  that  the  majority 
of  yachts  have  their  batteries  installed  JuBt  like  tniB  one. 

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3710  nacine  i 

Deat  ^•}Jeadowcroft:'Herowith  i  send  you  a  brief  supplemental 
letter  to  Me.  Edison, which  I  trust  will  make  matters  more  plain  and 
clear  for  him,  and  in  line  more  with  what  you  told  me,  Viz.  "to  have 
what  written  him  as  brief, and  clear  as  possible". - 

This  I  have  endeavored  to  do,  and  X  will  be  more  than  obliged  if 
you  will  kindly  let  me  know  if  you  get  this  O.K.- 



Chicago,  Sept.  5"  1913.- 

3710  Racine  Ave.- 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Edison  Laboratory, 

W.  Orange,  N.J.- 

Dear  Mr.  Edison 

Supplemental  to  my  letter  of  Aug. 17" 
would  like  to  state  that  if  you  can  locate  me  at  Detroit, and  representing 
anything  of  your  Vintage  (something  like  your  Storage  Battery  preferred) 
or  Structures  connected  with  it, such  as  Vehicles  or  Cars, I  can  surprise 
you  with  what  can  quickly  be  accomplished. - 

Such  arrangement  would  place  me  where  I  could  advantagously  look  after 
my  other  interests  located  there  in  the  International  Electromotive  Company. 

The  nature  of  this  Companies  business  being  mutually  kindred,  would  add 
materially  to  the  Co-operative  strength, and  thus  wonderfully  enlarge  the 
scope  and  possibilities  of  the  business. - 

Should  developeincnts  not  be  advanced  enough  to  make  an  arrangement 
now,  then  a  tentative  understanding  could  be  had  that  would  prepare  the 
business  for  an  early  advantageous  start. - 

Hoping  this  may  meet  with  your  approval,  I  am 

Yours  Sincerely j 

The  Chicago  Association  of  Commerce 
Committee  of  Investigation  on  Smoke  Abatement 
and  Electrification  of  Railway  Terminals 


bark,  ix.  omcm  Chicago  September  13th,  191 

Sirs-  cT* 

In  the  study  of  the  feasibility  of  changing  the  motive  power  of  the 
Chicago  Railway  Terminals  to  Electricity  or  Other  Power,  we  cannot  overlook  the  use 
of  storage  battery  locomotives.  As  you  have  done  so  much  in  the  development  of  the 
storage  battery,  wa  would  be  glad  to  know  whether  at  the  present  time  you  have  in 
hand  dr  know  of  the  design  or  development  of  any  storage  battery  locomotive  for  use 
under  conditions  at  all  comparable  to  those  under  which  the  steam  locomotives  in 
any  service  here  are  operating.  You  are,  no  doubt,  familiar  with  the  general  re¬ 
quirements  of  the  several  classes  of  service,  yard,  transfer,  passenger  and  freight; 
so  it  is  not  necessary  to  here  give  any  details  of  the  specific  requirements. 

You  will  remomber  that  we  had  some  conversation  about  the  adaptability  of 
the  battery  locomotive  for  switching  service  in  the  Chicago  Railway  Terminals,  when 
you  were  out  here  to  attend  the  Byllesby  banquet  given  in  your  honor,  last  January. 
After  you  went  away  there  was  considerable  talk  in  the  papers  of  an  arrangement  made 
with  the  Illinois  Central  for  trying  out  a  battery  locomotive  in  suburban 
but  nothing  ever  came  of  it  and  indeed  we  never  knew  that  foundation  there  was  for 
the  newspaper  reports. 

Any  information  on  this  subject  either  as  to  what  you  may  be  doing  or  what 
is  being  done  elsewhere  will  be  appreciated. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Thos.  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  H.J 

Chief  Engineer. 

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with  information  it  gives  me,  but  very  sorry  to  learn  of  the  sickness 
of  your  good  Wife.- 

My  experiences  in  this  direction  have  been  such  as  to  enable  me  to 
fully  appreciate  your  sorrow  and  truly  feel  that  mutual  interest  and 
sympathy" that  makes  us  all  Akin" ,  gladly  waiting  to  be  helpful  when¬ 
ever  the  Privilege  occurs. - 

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health  again  and  live  a  long  time.-  The  most  facinatingly  beautiful 
silent  influence, appeals  to  us  from  Flowers, ever  cumforting  and  encou¬ 
raging  us  while  on  our  Pilgrimage  through  this  life.- 

I  feel  sure  you  must  have  Flowers  in  abundance  where  you  are  located 

on  park  Street,  Rome  N.Y.and  that  Mrs.  Meadowcroft  is  being  materially 
favored  and  benefitted  by  their  Expressions. - 

note  for  Mr.  Edison,  which  kindly  give  him.- 
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LETTER  NO.  26.  APRIL  13.  1912. 

Last  week  I  saw  a  remarkable  performance 
enacted— a  performance  which,  if  witnessed  by 
the  American  Public,  would  ensure  the  Naval 
supremacy  of  the  United  States  for  all  Time. 

I  refer  to  Target  Practice  of  the  Fleet. 

No  real  man,  with  a  drop  of  red  blood  in  his 
veins,  and  a  particle  of  appreciation  of  true  merit, 
could  deny  the  requests  of  such  a  Navy— requests 
not  for  personal  emolument  of  individuals,  but  for 
the  mere  wherewithal  to  multiply  and,  if  possible, 
improve  on  present  World-beating  performance— 
to  have  a  fair  show  in  the  event  of  hostilities. 

We  read  occasionally  of  the  extreme  accuracy 
of  American  gunnery-of  how  it  eclipses  the  per¬ 
formance  of  all  other  Powers;  but  to  the  average 
American  citizen,  already  puffed  up  with  elated 
ideas  of  American  supremacy  in  general,  it  means 
but  little.  He  hasn’t  the  slightest  conception  of  the 
difficulties  under  which  the  results  arc  achieved. 

Place  that  pompous  individual  on  the  quarter 
deck  of  a  towing  ship,  only  4°°  >'arils  from  a 
diminutive  target  Co  feet  long  by  30  high,  and 
let  him  see  the  firing  ship  15,000  yards-8j4  land 
miles — away,  plant  the  first  range  shot  only  twenty 
yards  short,  ricochet  through  the  target-a  HIT 
under  Battle  conditions,  and  he  begin,  to  realize 
what  it  all  means.  He  has  stood  for  twenty-three 
seconds  between  the  Hash  and  the  splash,  knowing 
that  an  eight  or  a  twelve  inch  shell  is  coming  his 
way  at  the  rate  of  two  thousand  feet  a  second, 
and  that  four  hundred  yard  tow  line  has  seemed  to 
grow  shorter  as  the  seconds  pass.  But  when  he 
sees  the  result  of  the  shot,  he  becomes  so  enthu¬ 
siastic  and  has  such  confidence  that  he  would 
willingly  have  the  line  shortened  to  one  hundred 
yards.  Another  range  shot,  followed  by  a  salvo, 
and  the  target  has  disappeared  except  for  a  mass, 
of  tangled  wreckage! 

Now  let  us  analyze  this  performance  in  terms 
which  the  average  layman  can  understand  and 

A  range  of  15,000  yards  from  a  target  do  ft.  long 
by  30  ft.  high,  is  equivalent  to  100  yards— rifle 
range-on  a  target  4.8  inches  long  by  2.8  inches 
high.  That  would  be  an  easy  shot  for  an  expert 
marksman  oil  land,  but  there  is  more  to  it. 

The  firing  ship,  under  way,  is  pitching  and 
rolling.  The  target,  by  reason  of  the  usual  haze, 
is  barely  perceptible,  and  is  itself  under  way,  rolling 
and  pitching. 

The  powder  must  be  kept  at  a  predetermined 
temperature  while  stored  in  the  magazine  and  until 
it  reaches  the  gun.  The  range  finders  arc  not  as 
accurate  as  they  might  be  at  15,000  yards.  The 
manipulation  and  firing  of  the  gun  depends  upon 
the  co-ordinate  action  of  several  men. 

Put  the  best  marksman  in  the  world  into  a  launch, 
send  it  ahead  under  proportionate  speed  through  a 
moderate  sea,  and  let  him  shoot  at  a  moving  target 

4.8  inches  long  by  2.8  inches  high,  bobbing  up  and 
down,  100  yards  away.  I  do  not  think  he  would 

so  it  would  ricochet  through  the  target.  I  am 
perfectly  sure  I  would  not  “observe”  from  the  stern 
of  the  towing  boat,  eight  feet  from  the  target. 

Then  when  you  come  to  placing  eight  riflemen 
in  the  launch  and  having  them  firing  simultaneously 
at  a  given  signal— the  “observers"  on  the  towing 
ship  would  cease  to  function,  the  coroner  ofliciating 
in  that  capacity  later. 

If  there  is  any  manufacturing  concern  in  the 

sound  and  equipment  at  its  command,  it  is  the 
Edison  Storage  Battery  Company.  Yet  there  is 
not  a  machine  or  process  in  these  Works  or  in 
the  Works  of  the  affiliated  Edison  Companies  that 
can  compare  in  efficiency  to  Modern  Ordnance. 
There  is  not  a  body  of  skilled  men  that  can  hold 
a  candle  to  the  performance  of  the  United  States 
Navy  Officers  and  Turret  Crews,  if  working  under 
the  adverse  conditions  that  obtain  abo~  & 

As  our  business  increases  and  the  nc^osuy  ifer 
more  men  and  machines  arises,  our  Congress— 
Thomas  A.  Edison— makes  the  appropriation  and 
we  keep  abreast  of  the  Times.  But  when  the  U.  S. 
Army  and  Navy  desire  increased  facilities  and 
Fnrotm  activities  and  to  be  commensi 

to  meet  —  — . . 

with  our  increasing  National  wealth,  they 
with  a  discouraging  refusal. 

The  business  manager  who,  through 

and  maintain  a  National  Defense  second  to  none. 
Present  performance  is  comparable  to  the  athlete 
who,  in  a  100  yard  dash,  runs  like  fury  for  90  yards 
and  suddenly  stops  when  in  a  fair  way  to  win  the 

I  firmly  believe  that,  when  brought  to  a  full 
realization  of  present  conditions,  the  level-headed, 
patriotic  producers  and  business  men  of  this  Coun¬ 
try  will  voluntarily  contribute  to  a  separate  National 
Fund  to  increase  and  maintain  our  National 
Defense,  independent  of  appropriations  and  warring 

By  Mr.  Edison’s  direction,  we  have  expended  and 
arc  still  expending  considerable  time  and  money  in 
experimental  work  for  the  Army  and  Navy.  A 
great  deal  of  it  lies  outside  of  our  commercial 
activities.  The  duty  which  called  me  to  target 
practice,  for  instance,  was  far  removed  from  any 
financial  returns  from  a  commercial  standpoint. 
The  technical  knowledge  and  experimental  facilities 
of  the  Edison  Laboratory  have  been  at  the  disposal 
of  the  Army  and  Navy  for  some  time,  without 

We  arc  doing  this  simply  a-  ~  .. — . 
ancc,  because  Mr.  Edison  argues  that  tl.„ 
in  the  world  can  be  put  out  of  business 
well  aimed  twelve-inch  shells.  He  the 
lieves  in  keeping  them  at  a  distance  by  nkn  uu«u™ 
for  that  work  and  provided  with  adequate  facilities. 


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therefore  bc- 

deliberately  defers  installing  much  needed  machines 
and  other  facilities  rendered  necessary  by  increas¬ 
ing  demand  for  the  product,  would  find  it  impos¬ 
sible  to  procure,  at  a  moment’s  notice,  such 
facilities  and  machines,  and  would  meet  with  esteem  it  a  oeeat  eavok  i 
severe  censure  from  the  Board  of  Directors  for  khowledomeht  by  postae 
the  loss  of  sales  through  cancelled  orders  from 
inadequate  production. 

The  political  party  or  parties  that  strive  to  show 
an  artificial  economy  by  neglecting  to  safeguard 
our  National  wealth  and  prestige  will  be  severely 
censured  by  an  indignant  public,  if  occasion  Joes 
arise  for  defending  onr  homes  and  institutions,  and 
the  facilities  arc  found  inadequate. 

property,  just  so  long  will  Nations  go  forth  to  war. 

Such  being  the  case,  it  docs  sccin  criminal  to  expect 
a  bantam  rooster  to  be  matched  against  a  game 
cock,  even  if  the  bantam  can  plant  his  spurs  more 
accurately.  Superior  weight  will,  in  time,  over¬ 
power  him.  We  have  not  reached  the  bantam  class 
yet,  but  if  material  change  in  present  procedure  is 
not  enacted,  we  will  be  back  to  the  unhatched  egg 

iat  a  Nation  that  cr  J  ',““' 

To  be  continued  next  week. 

Notice. — This  is  one  continued  story  of  52  111- 
staUments  which  began  in  the  Issue  of  Oct.  21, 
:gi t,  of  the  Army  anii  Navy  Journal.  To  avoid 
repetition,  I  often  refer  to  cuts  previously  shown. 
It  is  therefore  desirable  that  each  Issue  of  the 
Army  and  Navy  Journal  be  fded  for  reference. 

Chief  Engineer  and  Personal  Representative  of 
Thomas  A.  Edison. 



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Edison  Laboratories, 

Orange,  N,  J.  " 

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Remembering fijir  conversation  i 

when  I  was  over  to  see  you  some  months  ago,  Sat¬ 
iating  to  storage  batteries,  I  beg  to  say  I  "pV-i. 
have  a  party  with  One  Million  Dollars  REAL 
MONEY,  who  I  know  will  consider  favorably  any 
proposition  1  may  submit  looking  to^Lts  ^pvest-^ 

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1IJUJ.  not  put  him  into  Edison 
Storage  Batteries? 

IftHla  suggestion ?Btrikes  you 
favorably,  advise  me  promptly  and  I  will  go  ^ 

over  to  the  Laboratory  toy  talk. the  matter  over  ,« 

with  you.  ^  - y  ' 

In-^the  meantime,  please  consider 
the  subject  strictly  personal  and  confidjo^la^.^ 

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I  am  writing  to  you  with  the  knowledge  that  you 
probably  receive  hundreds  of  communications  asking  idl, — ' 
but  am. going  to  ask  information  on  a  point  which  1 
is  of  great  importance,  and  which  you  alone 

Mr.  George  Slaymaker,  an  engineer  for  the  Detroit 
Edison  Oo.,  told  me  that  in  a  conversation  with  yousMrt*^ 
year  or  so  ago,  you  made  the  statement  to  the  effg«^that 
you  were  bringing  out  a  light  Weight  storage  cel^much 
lighter  than  your  present  hickel-iron  couple. 

If  this  be  so,  we  can  use  them  in  quantites.  Last 
year  1  did  some  experimenting  with  the  electric  motor  cycle 
but  it  proved  impractical  even  with  the  Edison  alkali  battery 
because  the  watt  hour  outmit  per  pound  was  too  low.  If  however 
there  is  a  practical  cell  which  will  give  say  twice  the  output 
per  unit  of  weight,  we  would  take  un  this  matter  again  and 
are  confident  that  the  electric  motor  cycle  would  prove  a 
tremendous  success. 

realize  that  this  cell  is  not  on  the  market  or 
1  shouldTabout  it.  What  I  would  like  to  to  know  is,  when 
will  it  be  put  on  the  market,  what  are  its  operating  characteristics 
could  i  obtain  a  sample  for  testing,  and  what  will  be  about 
the  market  prices? 

Could  1  trouble  you  to  answer  this  in  a  brief  s 
or  two  through  your  secretary? 

Thanking  you  sincerely,  I  remain  yours  truly. 

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Referring  to  your  inquiry  of  the  8th  instant, 
we  hag  to  inform  yon  that  we  are  able  to  carry  out  the  re¬ 
quired  examination  of  yonr  new  accumulator  in  our  Testing 
Department.  This  examination  would  concern  the  following  points 

1.  Voltage  variation  during  charge  anfl  discharge 

2.  The  capacity  of  the  accumulator 
a-  On  high  rate  discharge 

c-  On  low  rate  discharge 

3.  Ampere-hour  and  watt-hour  efficienoy 

4.  The  action  of  the  electrolyte 

5.  The  internal  resistance 

6.  life  of  the  accumulator 

The  examination  of  the  five  first  points 
would  need  about  eight  days'  time,  as  the  cells  have  to  be 
charged  and  discharged  several  timeB.  The  life  could  not 
he  determined  bo  quickly.  A  hastened  life  test,  suoh  as  you 
propose,  might  give  some  enlightening  points,  hut  could  not 
be  regarded  as  a  thorough  and  sufficient  examination.  We 
think  the  best  way:  to  determine  the  life  would  be  by  use 
in  notusl  service.  For  the  examination  itself,  in  oaBe 
you  would  like  to  get  n  reliable  average  value,  we  would 
suggest  you  send  us  several  cells,  at  least  three. 

The  costs  would  he  os  follows: 

For  point  1  &  2,  including  the  necessary  formation  treatment 
of  the  cells,  about  30  Marks 

"  "  3  "  "  "  10  " 

n  n  4  '  "  ”  "  5  " 

"  "  6  "  "  «  "  5  " 

Awaiting  the  favor  of  your  reply,  we  are 
YourB  truly. 

Edison  General  File  Series 

1912.  Battery,  Storage  -  Country  House  Lighting  (E-12-10) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
the  storage  battery  as  a  power  source  in  Edison's  "Country  House  Lighting 
System"— a  plan  to  illuminate  rural  homes  located  beyond  gas  and  electric 
mains.  Among  the  documents  for  1912  are  correspondence  with  potential 
agents,  including  items  bearing  Edison  marginalia,  and  an  undated 
handwritten  list  by  Edison  concerning  the  establishment  of  agencies.  Also 
included  are  letters  pertaining  to  proposed  installations,  pricing  strategies,  and 
commercial  promotion,  along  with  an  undated  schematic  drawing  of  the 
controller,  reversing  switch,  wiring,  and  other  elements  of  the  system.  The 
correspondents  include  William  G.  Bee,  Jerry  T.  Chesler,  and  other 
employees  of  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.;  Edison's  personal 
representative  and  chief  engineer  Miller  Reese  Hutchison;  and  longtime 
Edison  associate  Robert  T.  Lozier. 

Approximately  80  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  material  consists  primarily  of  letters  of  inquiry  concerning 

February  7,  1912. 

Mr .  BdiBon,- 

I  am  sending  you  herewith,  manuacrlpt  ofl 
booklet  on  houselighting. 

Head  this  over,  and  if  it  suits  you,  kindly 
initial  it  and  return  to  me,  so  that  when  I  get  back 
from  West  Point  Friday  morning,  I  can  get  busy  on  the 
rest  of  the  booklet. 

K.  R,  H. 

February  15,  1912. 

Mr.  Sdison,- 

Herewith. bulletin  for  bouse  lighting. 

You  will  notice  I  have  wade  no  mention  whatever  of 
price,  nor  have  I  cited  a  plant  of  any  definite  size.  My 
reason  for  this  is: 

No  man  is  going  to  sit  down  and  order  an  electric 
light  plant  right  off  the  bat,  without  exchanging  two  or 
three  letters.  What  a  salesman  wants  to  do  first,  is  to 
enthuse  the  customer.  He  wants  to  lead  him,  step  by  step, 
until  he  gets  him  so  thoroughly  enthused  with  Hie  idea  that 
he  just  must  have  an  electric  plant,  that  the  matter  of 
price  cuts  very  little  figure.  When  prices  are  included 
in  Oatalogues  of  this  nature,  the  female  side  of  the  house, 
whose  enthusiasm  is  seldom  in  proportion  to  the  initial  en¬ 
thusiasm  of  the  male,  usually  puts  her  foot  down  on  the 
expenditure  of  such  a  relatively  large  amount  of  money  for 
"newfangled  things".  But  when  "father"  has  fortified  him¬ 
self  with  two  or  three  letters,  in  addition  to  the  original 
catalogue,  he  can  easily  become  a  sales  representative  of 
our  Company  in  that,  through  sheer  bull-headednesB  and 
pride,  he  feels  called  upon  to  convert  the  "old  lady"  to 
his  way  of  thinking. 

It  seems  to  me  we  should  select  a  competent 
electrician  in  each  locality,  to  whom  we  can  turn  over  these 
jobs  of  figuring  out  the  location  of  lights,  and  installing 

the  wiring.  A- farmer  cannot  string  wires  that  will  pass 
insurance  inspection,  and  if  he  calls  on  an  electrician 
who  has  been  subsidized  by  the  lead  battery  people,  we 
may  load  the  sale.  It  seems  like  a  lot  of  trouble  to  go 
to,  to  sell  a  few  batteries  in  each  place,  but  as  we  have 
to  play  with  white  (Ships  while  the  blue  ones  are  develop¬ 
ing,  Anything  worth  doing  at  all  is  worth  doing  well. 

I  think  that  when  we  get  an  inquiry  from  any 
locality,  we  ought  to  sit  right  down  and  write  to  the 
electrician  that  is  rated  the  highest,  and  make  him  a 
proposition  that  we  will  recommend  him  for  the  job,  if 
he  will  look  out  for  our  interests. 

Of  course,  where  we  have  people  who  are  finan¬ 
cially  interested  in  the  proposition,  as  those  people  who 
have  called  here  who  seem  to  be  willing  to  take  it  up., 
they  can  root  for  us  and  select  the  electrician.  I  think, 
however,  the  matter  will  resolve  itself  into  our  conduct¬ 
ing  the  business  from  the  Factory,  in  the  majority  of 
cases . 





Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.  J. 
Dear  Sir,  - 


Some  time  ago,-  we  had  some  correspondence  with 
you  about  my  taking  hold  of  your  Storage  Battery  for  lighting, 
etc.  I  got  a  very  nice  letter  from  you  and  it  looked  as  though 
there  was  going  to  he  some  chance  for  business,  hut  I  waited  very 
patiently  to  hear  something  further  from  you  and  got  nothing  until 
I  wrote  you  again  and  got  a  reply  that  you  were  fitting  up  a  house 
that  would  he  a  good  chance  to  inspect  the  workings  of,  etc. 

Since  that  time,  I  have  written  you  several 
letters  and  marked  them  personal,  but  I  invariably  get  replies 
from  somebody  else,  evading  the  question  in  point.  I  am  rather 

anxious  to  do  something  with  the  matter,  if  there  is  any  chance  to 
do  it  and  I  would  like  very  much  to  hear  from  you. 

Since  I  wrote  you  last,  I  have  been  out  to  the 
old  Farm  at  Berlin  Heights  where  my  old  sister  was  quite  ill  and  I 
am  more  anxious  now  than  ever  to  buy  the  old  place. 

irg  deal  so 
indeed  to  c 
are  ready  t 

I  sincerely  hope  that  we  can  arrange  this  light- 
that  it  will  make  some  money.  I  should  like  very  much 
jme  and  see  you  and  I  will  do  so  any  time  you  say  you 
o  see  me.  I  would  be  glad  to  have  you  either  write  or 

wire  me  and  I  will  come 

i  short  notice. 
Very  truly  yours, 







March  2 5th,  1912 




Started  charging  the  battery  at  6  A.H.  and  charged 
until  1  o’clock  P.H.  Then  immediately  after  charge  I  started 
a  discharge  on  the  battery  of  44,  30  volt  Mazda  lamps,  and  taking 
voltage  readings  of  both  oharge  and  discharge  every  half  hour. 

The  gasoline  tank  holds  3-1/2  gallons;  at  the  end 
of  the  seven  hours  charging  there  was  1  quart  left,  having  used 
3  gallons  and  1  quart;  6  gallons  of  water,  of  which  4-l/2  gallons 
were  used  after  5  hours  of  charging,  so  1-1/2  gallons  more  were 
put  in,  making  a  total  of  6  gallons.  The  cylinder  oil  cup  was 
emptied  at  the  end  of  the  4-1/2  hours  of  charging  and  was  refilled, 
and  used  one-half  of  this  at  the  end  of. seven  hourB.  The  connect¬ 
ing  rod  oil  cup  was  only  filled  once  for  the  seven  hours. 

The  voltage  of  battery  before  starting  the  charging 
was  21,  and  as  soon  as  the  ourrent  of  30  ampereB  was  on  the  battery, 
the  voltage  rose  to  47.  At  the  end  of  7  hours  the  voltagg  with 
30  amperes  charge  was  52  with  charging  current  on. 

The  following  is  the  voltage  readings  of  every  l/2 
hour,  with  44  lamps  burning  —  The  voltage  before  putting  on  the 
load  was  42. 

1.00  P.  M. 

Battery  voltage  28 

4  Points  of  resistance  in  on  regulator. 

1.30  P.  K. 

Battery  voltage  29 

1  Point  of  resistance  in  on  regulator 

2.00  P.  H. 

Battery  voltage  27 

1  Point  of  resistance  in  on  regulator 

2.30  ?.  IJ. 

Battery  voltage  29 

Regulator  arm  on  last  point  of  resistance 

3.00  P.  H. 

Battery  Voltage  27 
Kegulator  resistance  all  out 

3.30  P.  K. 

Battery  voltage  25-1/2 


4.00  P.  H. 

Battery  voltage  23-1/2 

4.10  P.  M. 

The  voltmeter  1h  not  steady  anil  the  lamps  flicker  up 
and  down. 

4.30  P,  I-'. 

Battery  voltage  21 

5.00  P.  H. 

Battery  voltage  20 

5.30  P.  I!. 

Battery  voltage  19 

6.00  P.  K. 

Battery  voltage  13 

The  voltmeter  leads  are  o\it  In  the  line  after 
the  regulator  and  there  is  some  drop  in  the  wiring,  hut  after 
2  hours  of  discharge,  the  actual  voltage  directly  across  the 
battery  is  28,  and  at  the  end  of  5  hours  discharge,  the  actilal 
voltage  across  the  battery  was  14  volts. 

It  may  be  that  after  such  a  complete  charge  and 
discharge  for  3  days  the  battery  will  show  bettor  results. 

C.A.  Poyer 

I  am  going  to  duplicate  same  test  for  3  days 

linroh  26th, 



in  kpimoh  2?ora ok  3»gg'rf:-nr  co.  hoitkk 

This  Is  the  seoona  tout  on  the  system,  in  seven  hours 
of  charging,  the  engine  used  3  gallons  of  gasoline,  6-1/E  gallons 
of  V7ater,  and  1/?.  pint  of  oylinder  oil.  She  voltage  at  tho  be- 
ginning  of  charging  was  42  with  oharging  current  on  Mid  36  volts 
without  charging  current  on.  At  tho  end  of  7  hours  of  oharging 
at  tho  rate  of  30  amperes,  tho  voltRge  of  battery  with  oharging 
current  on  was  49-1/2.  While  charging  tho  battery  after  S-l/2 
hours  of  running,  tho  engine  suddenly  slowed  up  until  tho  oircuit 
breaker  threw  out,  and  then  the  engine  started  up  again  and  1  put 
in  the  oircuit  breaker.  *ho  only  way  I  oan  acoount  for  it,  is 
that  a  little  plooe  of  sand  or  something  like  that  got  in  the 
gasoline  and  stopped  tho  carburetor,  so  that  tho  gasoline  did 
not  spray  properly  in  the  needle  valve. 

She  following  is  the  discharge,  rending  every  half 
hour,  burning  44,  30  volt  Kasde.  lamps  —  She  voltmeter  readings 
aro  across  tho  lamp/  oirouit. 

1.00  P.  U. 

Voltage  of  3nttery  27 

Amperes  taken  by  44  lamps  -  27 

Regulator  resistance  4  points  in 

1.30  P.  K. 

Volts  28-1/2 
Amperes  28 

Regulator  resistance  2  pointB  in 

2.00  P.  IS. 

Volts  30 
Ampores  29 

Regulator  resistance  1  point  in 

2.30  P.  !-*• 

Volts  30-1/2 
Amperes  29-1/4 

Regulator  resistance  on  last  point 

0.00  P.  K. 

Volts  30 
Amperes  29 

Regulator  resistance  nil  out 

She  voltage  direotly  across  tho  battery  oftor  2  hours 
discharge  is  31  volts  oomjered  with  28  volts  for  yesterday. 


3.30  P.  !•:. 

Volts  28 
Amperes  38 

4.00  P.  K. 

Volte  37 
Amperes  27-1/2 

A  alight  flicker  was  noticed  In  the  lamps ,  hat  did 
not  Inst  long. 

4.30  P.  K. 

Volta  30 
Amperes  36 

5.00  P.  K. 

VoltB  23 
Amperes  29-1/2 

5.30  P.  .1-1. 

Volta  21 
Amperes  23-1/2 

6.oo  p.  a. 

Volte  20-1/2 
Amperes  23 

(The  actual  voltage  directly  serose  battnry  with  dJ 
charge  load  Is  22-1/2  compered  with  14  for  yesterday's  tost, 
pie  Battery  voltage  la  hotter  than  yesterday  and  I  am  going 
to  make  same  teat  to-morrow  again,  and  expect  bettor  results 
than  this. 

C.  A.  Poyer, 

HSPOR?  on  gouii?:.Y  aouss  ughtihg  phopositioh 
gQH  IE.  HIHrtlDQIB  AS  ISTPCK5B.  It.  J. 

The  buildings  to  be  lighted  by  eleotrioity  con¬ 
sist  of  hen  houses,  brooder  houses,  inouhator  ana  dwelling. 

The  complete  distribution  will  consist  of  100 
40-watt  tungsten  lamps,  ana  1-1/S  horse  power  in  motors. 

The  average  lamp  Had  at  any  one  time  will  not  exceed  60 
lights  while  the  motors  will  only  he  operated  durine  the  aay 
when  the  generator  is  running,  ana,  therefore,  oan  ho  tahen 
directly  off  the  dynamo.  The  lighting  will  avorage  about 
three  hours  daily. 

i>ho  longest  run  from  the  hattories  win  he  to 
the  incubators,  a  distance  of  450  feet.  Thia  - eert 

15  lamps  with  on  average  of  two  or  three  being  lighted  at 
one  time. 

From  the  same  engine  which  is  to  drive  the  dynamo, 
a  machine  and  carpenter  shop  is  to  be  driven.  -his  atop  wi-i 
renuire  about  7-l/f-  horse  power.  The  power  will  he  tnhon 
direct  from  engine  and,  therefore,  will  not  interfere  with  our 
apparatus . 

Hr.  Dinwiddle  is  at  present  u Bing  the  Public 
Service  for  light  and  power,  and  naturally  wants  to  mow  what 
the  saving  wU:L  he  in  generating  hio  own  ourr ent .  He  va  ..j. 
probably  iooh^Tigures  on  that. 



for  m.  kccahpbei,!.  at  bed  bahk.  h.  3. 

The  buildings  to  Tie  lighted  by  electricity  con¬ 
sist  of  stnbleB,  garage,  servants 1  cottage,  etc.,  also  owner's 
residence  and  grounds. 

The  power  will  he  furnished  hy  a  Fits  Overshot 
wheel  driven  hy  n  6  foot  water  fall.  The  approximate  power 
which  will  he  developed  hy  the  wheel  is  about  7  horse  power. 
This  will  vary,  howev.-r ,  with  the  quantity  of  water-flow. 

More  exact  figures  will  ho  coming  from  the  Fits  people  show¬ 
ing  the  minimum  and  maximum  power  developed  hy  the  wheel. 

The  total  lighting  equipment  will  consist  of  about 
185  -  80-watt  lamps,  and  also  3/4  horse  power  motor  in  black¬ 
smith  shop,  one  curry  comb  vacuum  cleaner,  one  house  vacuum 
cleaner,  18  electric  fans,  and  a  charging  station  for  an  eloo- 
trlc  runabout,  A  wide  margin  should  he  allowed  on  the  light¬ 
ing  equipment,  say  for  fifty  lamps  or  more. 

I  would  suggest  that  two  battery  and  regulator 
outfits  he  furnished,  one  to  take  in  all  of  the  servants' 
quarters,  stables,  garage,  etc.,  and  another  for  the  house 
and  grounds.  The  proportion  of  lights  and  power,  etc.  is  as 

In  the  dwelling  or  "lodge"  there  will  he  about 

130  -  80-watt  harps 

1  Vacuum  Cleaner 

18  -  16"  Eledtrio  Fans 

In  the  other  buildings,  including  servants’  cottage,  etc. 
will  he  about 

55  —  80-watt  lampB 

1  Vacuum  Cleaner  for  curry  comb 

3/4  Horde  power  motors  for  blacksmith  shop 

1  Charging  Staid  on  for  Electric  liunahont 

The  run  from  the  dynamo  to  battery  stations 
will  be  about  600  feet.  In  additi on  to  water  wheel  would 
suggest  a  small  generator  and  gasoline  engine  be  sot  in  one 
of  the  buildings  to  be  used  for  emergency  or  to  help  out 
the  load  on  wator  wheel. 

Hr.  KcCnmpbel!  wants  an  elaborate  outfit  with  a 
central  control  for  the  entire  equipment  to  be  located  in 
the  dwelling.  I  would  suggest  that  two  propositions  he  mode 
to  him.  One  ns  cheap  ns  it  can  he  done  without  sacrificing 
efficiency  and  capacity,  and  the  other  Including  Instruments 


with  marble  nwitchboar ds ,  etc. 

The  aver  ago  number  of  lamps  in  nee  at  one  time  will 
he  from  00  to  100  -  with  an  average  run  of  four  hours. 

I  believe  Kr.  !'o Campbell  is  a  good  propoBiti  on 
end  means  business.  He  wants  everything  of  the  host  and  he 
told  me  when  his  buildings,  etc.  are  completed  the  whole  place 
will  bo  written  up  in  Country  life  in  America. 

Would  also  suggest  that  some  pleasure  vehicle 
concern  who  puts  the  KdiBon  battery  to  the  front  be  put  on  lir. 
Campbell’s  trail  so  that  he  does  not  get  stuck  on  «  lead  battery 


Messrs.  Brohvnj  Eckert :  BerggrSn;  Bliss;  Langley;  I>ur«fnd: 
Stevens;  Bee;  Bachman;  lludd;  Hudson;  Leeming; 
Youmans;  V/e'ber ; 

List  prices  ana  discounts  shown  on  attached 
sheets  have  Been  decided  upon  for  Edison  A.  0.  Rectifiers  and 

House  Lighting  Controllers. 

Orders  for  this  apparatus  must  contain  in 
detail  the  full  specifications  as  shown  on  attached  sheets, 
and  only  such  outfits  as  are  specified  should  he  ordered. 

V/here  special  apparatus  or  changes  in  the 
apparatus  listed  is  desired,  the  matter  must  first  he  taken 
up  with  and  approved  hy  the  Engineering  Dept.,  who  will  decide 
whether  or  not  we  can  make  it,  and  what  the  increased  price, 

if  any,  shall  he  for  same. 

Copies  to  Messrs.  Edison;  Dyer. 







A.  C.  VOLTS 




B-2  110-12B 
B-2  110-126 
B-2  110-126 

B-4  110-126 
B-4  110-126 
B-4  110-126 

60  2-10 

40  2-10 

26  2-10 

60  2-10 

40  '2-10 

26  2-10 

0-10  $65. 00 

0-10  65.00 

0-10  72. 00 

O-EO  80. 00 

0-20  80. 00 

0-20  90.00 

Rheostat  for  oontr oiling  charging  current — $  4/50 
Ammeter  for  indicating  charging  current  —  12.00 
Controlling  switchboard  with  rheostat  ^  oQ 

UOiEj _ Add  1  Of.  net  extra  for  220  volt  A.  C.  primary  winding. 


A- 3 





30  $  75.00 

30  85.00 

30  90.00 

30  95,00 

60  106.00 

60  120.00 

60  155.00 

110  85.00 

110  95.00 

HO  105.00 

110  125,00 

HO  145.00 

110  170.00 


discount  sheet  foh 


KaiBon  A  .  C  .  Reotlfleis. 

Owners  of  oars  ana  individual  users 

-list . 


-10#  off  list. 

Dealers  - - ordering  not  less  than 

three  rectifiers  on  initial  order  -  16#  off  list. 

Jobbers  -  -  -  -ordering  not  less  than 

fifty  reotlf lers  on  initial  order  -  20#  8>  5#  off  list , 

Automatic  HouBe  lighting  Controllers 

Jobbers  dlBoount- 

25#  off  list. 

May  9th,  1912. 

Messrs.  BliSfL'  Langl&y, ^Wilson,  Sterns,  Bee,  Hudson,  Learning, 

Youmans  ana  . 

RB  EKIOK  JiXB'J  nMAlIfl  HoUHK  LlGHCllifi  Olifa.oLLT.iui 

UnleBB  otherwise  instructed  hy  the  Sales  department, 
all  complete  house  lighting  controller  outfits  will  be  arranged 
with  the  oharging  switoh  ana  automatic  cut-out  on  a  small  slate 
panel  separate  from  the  controller.  Che  reason  for  this  is 
that  the  controller  and  battery  is  usually  installed  in  a  house 
to  bo  lighted,  while  the  engine,  dynamo  and  panel  will  he  located 
together  in  another  building.  If  for  any  reason  the  customer 
desires  to  mount  the  charging  switoh  and  automatic  cut-out  on  the 
controller,  an  extra  charge  will  bo  made  according  to  the  amount 
of  work  required . 

ei]1e  price  list  does  not  include  anything  but  the 
automatic  controller  and  the  separate  panel  containing  the  o^rgang 
switch  and  automatic  out-out.  Any  additional  switchboaid.,  oi  panels, 
iron  frames  or  special  supports,  will  havo  to  be  figured  as  an 
additional  item  for  each  case  when  required. 

Rote  that  the  price  list  applien  only  to  outfits  in 
which  the  total  service  in  amperes  is  not  greater  than  the 
rated  capacity  of  tho  battery  in  any  given  oaae.  For  example, 
if  it  is  intended  to  supply  a  3u-ampere  battery  and  also  arranged 
to  have  a  dynamo  furnishing  part  of  the  lighting  current,  say 
an  additional  30  amperes,  this  meanB  a  controller  of  not  xobb 
than  60  amperes  must  be  figured  on. 

Also  note  that  in  cases  where  tho  grouping  of  the 
batterv  is  to  bo  changed  in  service,  for  instance,  change  ln 
parallel  or  discharge  in  series  and  vice-versa,  a  special  switch 
and  wiring  is  required,  which  will  be  an  extra  charge. 

V/e  BUggest,  therefore,  that  in  quoting  prices  for 
house  lighting  controllers,  that  the  specific  requirements  of  oach 
customer  bo  carefully  noted  by  the  salesmen  xi  any  departure 
the  standard  outfit  is  desirable  and  that  these  requirements  be 
submitted  to  our  Engineering  department  for  price' “ttimato  »-na  fur 
instructions  concerning  the  proper  ordoringVf  the  appliano  s, 

Re  Ibo  n^fj^JJur  a  nd  . 





'4I  NBew°yAo°kAAu”U£  t  1,1912 

Hr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  Mew  Jersey. 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison 

I  "peg  to  hand  you  the  accompanying  letter  from  my 
■brother-in-law ,  Mr.  R .  H.  Payne. 

While  this  letter  explains  itself,  I  would  like  to 
add  that  Mr.  Payne  is  a  practical,  thorough-going  fellow,  who 
has  had  a  considerable  experience  in  both  the  mechanical  and 
electrical  ends  of  the  business,  and  is  familiar  with  the  isola¬ 
ted  plant  field. 

He  lias  shown  unquestioned  ability  as  a  salesman  and 
organizer,  and  handler  of  men;  he  is  strictly  honest,  loyal 
and  a  hard  worker. 

I  would  greatly  appreciate  it  if  you  will  give  his 
application  the  consideration  that  the  circumstances  warrant. 
Thanking  you  in  advance , 

Yours  ilai thf ul ly , 

f xAxjdnuXvx**  * 


Jefferson  Arms , 

34  Jefferson  Avenue , 

Brooklyn,  July  30th, 1912. 

Mr.  Robert  T.  Lozier, 

141  Broadway, 

H.  Y.  City. 

My  dear  Robert: 

I  'have  followed  with  a  great  deal  of  interest  the 
several  articles  on  the  Edison  storage  battery,  and  am  very 
desirous  of  becoming  connected  with  that  company's  sales  or¬ 

As  General  Superintendent  of  the  Payne  Engine  Com¬ 
pany  of  Elmira,  I  had  direct  charge  of  building  and  install¬ 
ing  their  apparatus.  As  President  of  the  Payne  Engineering 
Company,  I  directed  the  entire  sale  of  their  output. 

For  the  past  five  years  I  have  been  in  the  service 
of  the  Allis-Chalmers  Co.  selling  their  product,  such  as 
steam  and  gas  engines,  electric  generators  and  motors,  and 
am  thoroughly  familiar  with  the  isolated  plant  field. 

While  I  understand  that  the  Edison  Company's  plan 
is  to  distribute  its  product  through  independent  agents  who 
operate  on  a  commission  basis,  it  occurs  to  me  that  I  may  be 
useful  to  them  as  an  agency  establishes  or  in  charge  of  age: 



cies,  either  directly  or  under  the  supervision  of  that  official 
of  the  Edison  Company  under  whose  jurisdiction  that  matter  now 
comes.  If  you  can  put  me  in  touch  with  the  proper  one, 

I  would  greatly  appreciate  it. 

Yours  very 

August  10,19ir. 

Hr. Payne, 

Jefferson  Arms, 

34  Jefferson  Ave. , 


Dear  S±r:- 

Our  frftdnd  Robert  T.LoEier  forwarded  to  me  your  letter 
to  bln  of  the  30th  ult.,to  he  brought  to  Mr .Edison's  attention. 

I  h%ve  shown  it  to  him  and  he  suggests  that  yon  come 
over  and  see  hira.  3Ie  is  finally  bare  every  day, and  all  day .but  the 
morning  hours  v/ill  in  my  judgment  be  best  for  an  .interview. 

I  would  suggest  that  yon  telephone  me  in  advance  of 

your  coming. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Septeinbe  r  19th,  1912. 

Messrs.  Hutchison.  Langley,  Bee,  Youmans,  Looming, 
ana  File:- 

Owing  to. delays  in  the  Shop 
in  the  production  of  tools  for  making  House  Light¬ 
ing  Controllers,  we  are  unable  to  accept  orders  for 
the  device,  except  for  indefinite  future  delivery. 

All  requirements  for  Control¬ 
lers  should  be  taken  up  with  Mr.  Hutchison, 

Chief  Engineer,  who  will  advise-  when  deliveries 

can  be  made  in  future. 

Helso4/c.  Bur and. 


Copies  to  Messrs.  Edison,  Dyer,  Wilson. 

Uov.  21st,  1912. 

Mr.  Meadoweroft:- 

Re plying  to  the  1‘etter  addressed  to  you  by 
IirP  W.  W.  Case,  I  am  sending  this  to  Mr.  M.  R. 
Hutchison  who  is  handling  the  house  lighting  bus ineBB, 
This  hasn’t  been  turned  over  to  the  writer  as  yet 
although  I  understand  it  is  going  to  be  very  shortly. 


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Edison  General  File  Series 

1912.  Battery,  Storage  -  Delivery  Wagons  -  General  (E-12-11) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  re|ating  to 
the  commercial  and  technical  development  of  Edison  s  alkaline  storage 
batterv  and  its  use  in  lightweight  electric  delivery  wagons.  Included  are 
communications  exchanged  between  Edison  and  his  employees  atong  wrth 
correspondence  with  truck  manufacturers  and  business  establishments  with 
delivery  services.  Also  included  are  items  pertaining  to  endurance  tests.  The 
correspondents  include  Jerry  T.  Chester  of  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co., 
R  Ha?rv  Crominger  of  the  Speedwell  Motor  Car  Co.,  Edison's  personal 
representative  and  chief  engineer  Milter  Reese  Hutchison,  and  Arthur 
Williams  of  the  New  York  Edison  Co. 

Aonroximately  70  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  In 
additionPPto  dupSe  material,  the  unselected  items  include  promotional 
material  from  the  electric  truck  division  of  the  General  Motors  Co. 

§traUs • 


My  Dear  Mr.  Bee I-  , 

This  I  belleve( 

you  and  for  thla  time  of  the  year4! 
opinion  wonderful.  Oar  #510  knowi^apCfaur  Hew 
Jersey  Oar  due  to  her  ooverlng  ripttie  In  Wow  Jersey 
left  the  store  a*  9  A^.L^  330  Were  hours, 
having  reoelved  the  nigjrt  previous  ®ohprge  of 
six  hours  and  oovered  the  following  roptet 

To  our  storehouse  in  {.tats  Street, 
then  aoross  the  Manhattan  Bridge  to  Perry  foot  of 
Dessbrosses  Street,  to  Weehawken  to  Union  Hill, 
West  Hew  Ttrki  Guttenberg,  Woodollffe,  Hudson 
Heights,  Ollff  Side,  Grant  Wood,  Edgewater,  Port 
Lee,  then  to  Palisades,  returning  through  the 
above  towns  to  West  Hoboken,  Jersey  Olty  Heights, 
Bayonne  and  back  to  store  arriving  hero  at  5  P.M. 
having  severed  Porty-two  miles  carrying  about 


NEW  YORK  CITY,  get*  1918. - 

1000  poundB.  The  oar  again  left  the  store  at 
7  P.  M.  carrying  speoials  here  in  olty  to 
Bushwlok  Av.  to  Howard  Av.  return  to  Herkimer  St. 
to  Sterling  Plaoe  to  Washington  Av.  baok  to  store, 
oar  had  then  oovered  about  Fifty-seven  miles. 

The  oar  was  then  run  around  store  until 
oar  had  oovered  Slxty-one  miles.  The  Ampere 
hour  meter  read  69  Amp.  Hrs.  showing  he  consumed 
S01  Amp.  Hrs.  or  4.B  Ampere  per  mile.  I  had  an 
pffer  that  anyone  of  the  Chauffeurs  that  would 
make  Sixty  miles  during  this  oold  weather  I  would 
buy  him  the  finest  dinner  in  Brooklyn  and  thla 
fellow  has  won.  Be  oould  have  made  about  Plve 
miles  more  but  he  only  wanted  to  show  the  Sixty. 

Very  trul^yours, 


P;  ■  ^  V 

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San  1'rancisco,  CaJ^,  Eeb. 

i,r.  Harry  Hiller, 

Care  i’hos.  A.  Edi 
Veaz  Oxj 

Dear  Ur.  Miller:-- 

.  *  4,  , 

0 c.f'  >'t  J>.LC 

I  have  been  expecting  to  hear  through  our  mfltual  ,  A/ 

freind,  Mr.  1'heron  I.  Crane,  what  progress  Mr.^E^i-spn  ^  s^Y-iiy 
is  making  on  the  little  delivery  wagon.  fag}  \  ^ 

I  have  made  several  visits  to  V'est  Orange  with'O*  (  , 

ivir  •  Crane  and  have  several  talks  with  Hr.  Edison  on  the  vf«.'  A *•  nfi 
subject  and  upon  my  last  visit  there  along  about  the  midVSre  sjs  Jc 

of  December,  Hr.  Edison  informed  me  that  he  thought  that  Vv  V  4  1  ^ 
number  three  wagon  would  be  ready  about  March  1st,  and  I  O' ^  .  /**  r“ 

am  anxious  to  know  what  progress  has  been  made  and  how  soon  ^  hJB\  ■<><  S 

Hr.  Edison  will  be  ready  to  take  this  matter  up  again.  ^ 

Hy  several  trips  to  ’.Vest  Orange  with  Hr.  Crane, ’  *1  AJ  \p 

was  with  a  view  of  taxing  the  several  units  as  would  be  \  \Lo  ^ 

manufactured  by  you  and  assemble  the  cars  in  large  quantities,^  . 

Hr •  Edison  even  going  so  far  as  to  state  that  he  would  let 

•  -•  •  •  -  - -->-•>  I  have  the^X,  - 

nifacturing  /\*  f  * 

Company  all  formed  in  Dayton  ,  Ohio,  for  the  n 
of  these  vehicles  as  explained  in  person  to  nr.  Jsuwon  tu 
I  am  ready  at  any  time  to  begin  operations. 

I  thoroughly  respect  and  appreciate  ~r.  Edison 
wishes  in  all  the  details  and  am  prepared  to  carry  them  out 
to  the  letter,  and  iftherefore,  you  can  give  roe  any  mnormat. 
before  I  make  my  next  trip  to  7/eat  Orange,  I  will  greatly 
appreciate  it.  I  have  been  on  the  Coast  here  for  about 
two  months  and  expect  to  be  back  in  Dayton  about  the  12th 
of  March  where  a  letter  will  reach  me. 

V/ith  personal  regards  X  beg  to  remain. 



20th  ISaroh  1912 

Ju*  (*zz  f 


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March  22,  1912. 

Mr.  G.  A.  Wells, 

Chief  Engineer,  Adams  Express  Co., 

53  Broadway,  IT.  Y.  City. 

Dear  Mr.  Wells: 

I  have  your  letter  of  March  21st  regarding  the  shortage  of 
wages  slip  which  wan  paid  hore,  $2.60,  heg  to  say  I  am  forwarding  your 
letter  to  our  Mr.  Miller  who  has  this  slip  and  requested  that  he  for¬ 
ward  same  to  you. 

1  had  an  interview  with  Mr.  Case  the  other  day  and  he  promised 
he  would  see  you  personally  regarding  the  test  wagon  and  inform  you 
Just  what  day  it  would  he  put  hack  in  service,  which  I  hope  has  been  taken 
care  of  by  this  time.  Should  you  not  have  come  in  contact  with  Mr.  case 
up  to  this  time  and  should  ho  forget  to  inform  yon  of  same,  J  would  appre¬ 
ciate  if  you  would  let  me  know,  as  Mr.  Edison  is  very  anxious  to  have  thiB 
test  go  on,  in  as  much  as  he  has  promised  Mr.  Barrett  that  he  would  give 
him  a  full  report  on  same,  and  he  rofuseo  to  give  a  report  until  he  is 
perfectly  satisfied  with  the  test. 

Do  not  hesitate  to  address  me  at  any  time  on  any  subject,  as  I 
am  only  too  glad  to  hear  from  you.  Believe  me  to  he. 

Yours  very  respectfully, 



General  Manager. 

Copy  to  Mr. H.F. Miller. 

My  deqr  Mr.  Millers 

Upon  ray  return  to  the  office  I  find  your 
favor  of  March  7th  for  which  I  thank  you. 

I  wish  you  would  oonvey  to  Mr.  Edison 
my  sincere  interest  in  the  little  delivory  wagon  and  say  to 
him  that  wo  are  ready  to  huild  these  in  large  quantities  as 
soon  as  he  is  a  ole  to  turn  thorn  over  to  us,  that  1  have 
the  company  all  formed  with  unlimited  resources  and  will  he 
associated  with  two  men  who  are  experienced  in  the  motor  oar 
business  and  I  know  that  wo  can  and  will  sustain  the  good 
name  of  Mr.  Edison  in  building  and  marketing  thiB  little 
delivery  wagon  and  are  extremely  anxious  to  begin  operations. 

Pur  mutual  friend  Mr.  Theron  3.  Crane  can 
vouch  for  me  and  my  ability  to  to  handle  problems  of  this 
kind  and  I  trust  you  will  keep  me  posted  constantly  as  to 
just  what  progress  is  being  made  and  if  possible  learn  from 
Mr.  Edison  when  I  may  reasonably  expect  to  be  able  to  secure 
this  equipment. 

V/ith  personal  regards,  beg  to  remain 




Hr.  Harry  Miller, 
o/o  Thos.  Edison, 
Wost  Orange,  IT.  J. 

Dear  Hr.  Miller: 

I  am  leaving  tonight  for  California 
he  gone  indefinitely  and  the  objoot  of  thin  letter  ia 
to  have  yon  aay  to  Mr.  Edison,  aa  I  told  yon  before, 
am  already  with  my  company  and  plant  here  in  Dayton 
properly  take  hold  of  the  Edison  wagon  and  put  it  or 
market  according  to  Mr.  Edison's  wishes. 



The  organisation  1  formed  is  composed  of 
competent  experienced  men  and  we  feel  oertain  we  will  have 
no  difficulty  in  immediately  manufacturing  and  disposing 
of  all  of  the  wagons  for  which  you  could  furnish  us  the 
oquipmnnt.  It  is  not  my  desire  to  annoy  you  in  this  matter 
but,  as  I  told  you  personally,  we  are  looking  forward  to 
taking  hold  of  this  proposition  and  while  it  is  true  I  am 
Going  to  the  Coast  in  the  interest  of  this  Company  on  some 
very  large  problems .yet  they  understand  that  I  am  to  re¬ 
turn  East  on  one  week's  notice  as  soon  as  I  hear  from  the 

Edison  Company. 

7/e  are  thoroughly  satisfied  to  accept  the 
wagon  .just  as  Mr.  Edison  delivers  it  to  us  and  have  our 
plans  all  made  for  the  speedy  production  of  the  same.  In 
one  talk  with  Mr.  Edison  lie  told  me  when  he  was  ready  he 
would  ship  a  complete  wagon  to  me  for  to  use  as  a  master 
model,  which,  of  course,  will  be  appreciated.  I  am  going 
to  ask  you,  thorofore,  to  keep  mo  posted  as  frequently  as 
convenient  as  to  just  what  progress  you  are  making  on 
numbor  three  and  it  will  materially  holp  mo  if  you  could 
iutS  cate  in  your  letters  about  when  I  may  expect  to  have 
the  wagon  and  start  thB  manufacturing. 

My  permanent  addrews  on  the  Coast  will  be 
o/o  Speedwell  Motor  Car  Co.  of  Calif. >  428  Vail  Hess  ivo., 
San  FraneiBCO  and  if  for  any  reason  I  should  be  away  my 

mail  will  lie  immediately  forwarded.  I  would  like  very  ranch 
Ml*.  IJillor  to  have  you  have  a  talk  with  Mr.  Edison  m  soon 
as  he  returns  from  the  South  and  convey  to  mo  if  possible 
about  whon  you  think  you  will  ho  ready. 

With  personal  regards ,  beg  to  remain 


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Wishing  you  all  success,  I  am, 

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Bear  Sir:- 

Beg  to  acknowledge  yours  of  the  15th. 

I  have  just  returned  from  a  hurried  tripin  New 
York  and  ray  next  visit  there  is  at  present  uncertain. 

My  purpose  in  seeking  an  interview  with  Mr. 
Edison  wu3  to  discuss  with  him  as  outlined  in  my  letter 
the  subject  of  storage  battery  as  applied  to  motor  truck: 
and  when  I  next  visit  New  York  will  act  on 
and  firot  call  you  up  to  ascertain  if  it  would  De  conven. 
for  this  interview. 


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Motorette  equipped  with  Rosmassler  &  Bonnine 
Eleotrio  baok  geared  motor,  and  carrying  two  passengers. 

Average  amperes  —  63.26 

Average  volts  —  17.7 

Total  Watts  —  942.626 

Miles  per  hour  —  8.67 

Total  weight  —  1300  Ihs 

Watts  per  ton  mile  -  167.24 

TEST  #1  —  16  Cells 

Average  Amperes  —  66.9 

Average  volts  —  26.48 

Total  watts  —  1480.222 

Miles  per  hour  —  13.21 

Total  weight  —  1436  Ihs. 

Watts  per  ton  mile  -  166.17 

TEST  #2  —  24  Cells 

The  speeds  shown  in  above  testB  are  slightly  lower 
than  aotual  speed  at  beginning  of  discharge .  The  batterieB 
are  partially  discharged  before  readings  are  taken. 

Total  drop  in  motor  commutator  brushes  etc.  at 
60  amperes  «  1  volt 

Total  mileage  from  full  charge  will  be  about  35. 

Motor  should  have  ball  bearings  throughout.  Springs 
will  have  to  be  made  heavier  to  hold  the  extra  load  of  battery. 

With  ball  bearing  motor  normal  running  current 
would  probably  drop  to  about  45  amperes  and  greater  mileage 
will  result. 

Cost  of  complete  battery  equipment,  consisting  of 
24  A-4  Edison  cells  and  trays  etc.,  will  be  about  $264.00 

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Orange--Mfty  15,  1912. 

W.  H.  Mason:- 

I  want  complete  drawings  of  the  flexible 
.  coupling  which  we  use  for  connecting  motors  with 
drive  mechanism. 

I  have  to  connecta  30  K.P.  motor  with  an 
air  compressor  and  want  to’  use  our  flexible  coupling 
with  leather  straps  etc.' 

Please  hurry. . . . 







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Thomas  ’Atlidison’,  ,  _ 

Orange,  Hew  Jersey .j, 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison: - 

Under  date  of  June  30th  1911,  you  wrote  me  a 
very  interesting  letter  and  enclosed  the  result  of  your  oare- 
ful  investigation  of  delivery  costs.  In  your  letter  you  in¬ 
formed  me  that  you  were  developing  a  light  delivery  electric 
wagon,  carrying  seven  hundred  to  eight  hundred  pounds  average 
load,  that  could  he  sold  for  less  than  one  thousand  dollars 
around  Hew  fork  City.  You  expected  to  have  the  wagon  on  the 
market  last  fall.  Subsequent  to  the  receipt  of  your  communi¬ 
cation,  I  saw  hy  the  papers  that  you  were  enjoying  a  trip 
abroad,  and  knowing  that  on  your  return  you  would  find 
sufficient  accumulated  correspondence  without  any  additional 
ones  on  my  part,  I  decided  to  wait  until  you  had  found  a 
breathing  spell,  before  taking  up  the  matter  with  you. 

X  am  still  interested  in  the  delivery  problem,  and 
it  is  becoming  more  of  a  problem  every  day.  Manufacturers 
of  automobiles  are  covering  two  fields,  the  pleasure  car 
and  the  heavy  delivery  truck,  there  is  an  untouched  field 
between  these  two,  that  of  the  small  merchant  and  the  establish¬ 
ment  delivering  small  or  light  articles.  An  attempt  is  being  -  , 
made  to  cover  this  field  by  a  number  of  automobile  manufacturers 
who  are  converting  obsolete  or  make-shift  contraptions  into  's  * 
light,  cheap,  delivery  wagons.  The  result  is  that  the  purchaser  \ 
of  these  gross  impositions  finds  it  necessary  to  either  relegate  t 
them  to  the  junk  pile  within  a  few  months,  or  continually  <r 

rebuild  then. 

I  was  in  hopes,  after  reading  your  letter,  that  you 
had  solved  this  problem,  and  the  only  fear  I  had  was, you  were 
not  going  to  manufacture  them  fast  enough  to  supply  the 
demand.  The  price  of  the  Lansden  trucks  shown  me  by  your 
los  Angeles  agent  is  prohibitive,  the  truck  is  also  larger, 
and  of  greater  capacity  than  is  required  for  ray  business. 

The  agents  for  the  lVaverley  Model  83  delivery  wagon, 
gave  me  a  week's  demonstration  with  their  wagon.  The 
demonstration  was  wonderful,  it  oocured  during  a  week  of  the 
very  worst  weather  we  had  last  April*  Xt  rained  every  day  "but 
one,  and  I  selected  the  very  worst  route  in  my  delivery 

territory  ^.^^g  perhaps,  you  might  be  interested  in  the 
performance  of  this  wagon,  I  am  enclosing  a  copy  of  their 
record  which  is  absolutely  correct  so  far  as  the  mileage, 
stops  and  weather  conditions  were  concerned.  As  to  the  energy 
consumed,  X  have  had  to  take  their  record. 

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A.  E.  #8 

X  am  also  enclosing  copies  of  my  Up  Keep  record 
covering  a  period  from  Hovember  1909  to  September  1911 
inclusive.  (These  records  are  absolutely  correct,  as  they 
are  taken  from  my  books. 

Trusting  that  the  information  contained  may  be 

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Orange,  IT.  J.  „  _  # 

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on  tnese  batteries. 


put  on  ^ne  guarantees  to  Anderson  in  Detroit. 

you  will  note  the  guarantees  vier 
they  left  our  factory. 

dated  at  the  time 

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<Mr.  M.  R.  Hutchison 

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Five' trips  have  been  completed  over  the  course, 
making  a  total  of  75  miles.  At  the  end  of  the  fifth  trip  it 
was  found  that  the  tube  connecting  the  stud  abused  for  steer¬ 
ing  has  broken  at  a  point  where  it  had  been  brazed.  The  broken 
section  looked  as  if  it  had  been  crystallized. 

X  have  ordered  a  larger  size  tube  to  replace 
this  and  will  ao  away  with  brazing  at  this  point. 

The  front  axle  has  again  sagged  slightly, 
(probably  —  to  the  maximum  give  of  the  hickory  piece  on 
/  top,  and  while  it  may  not  sag  any  more  I  think  it  would  be 
advisable  to  put  a  small  truss  rod  underneath  the  axle;  this 
(_ would  be  a  very  easy  job  ana  can  be  done  quickly. 

Aside  from  theabove  everything  else  is  working 
O.k.  We  dia  not  have  to  adjust  any  chains  on  this  model  as 
we  haa  to  on  first  few  runs  of  previous  models. 

Part  of  our  real  rough  roaa  on  Cherry  St., 

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COPY  -  for  T.  A.  Edison  frora  "i .  0.  Boe. 


1726  Broadway, 

Seattle,  V|£sh . ,  Dec.  6,1912. 

Anderson  Electric  Cal*  Co., 

Detroit,  Mich. 

Dear  Sird:-- 

The  following  comparative  cost  of  hauling  fifteen  hundred 
ton  of  coal  per  month  mado  "by  the  Rainer  Heat  &  Bower  Co . 
will  he  of  interest  to  you.  They  were  originally  doing 
this  hauling  hy  team,  using  four  teams,  per  day  at  a  cost 
of  §20 .00  per  day  for  teams  and  driver,  and  they  were  in 
operation  the  full  thirty  days  per  month,  making  a  total 
ooet  of  §600.00  per  month. 

Two  years  ago  v/e  installed  the  Edison  Battery  electric  truck 
for  them,  v/hich  lias  since  hoen  doing  the  work  of  the  four 
teams  at  a  net  cost  of  §200.00  per  month,  including  Repairs, 
electric  current  at  1 and  the  two  drivers  one  at  §65.00 
and  the  other  at  §70 .00,  which  shows  a  net  saving  to  them  of 
exactly  #400,00  per  month. 

It  is  needless  to  add  that  they  are  thoroughly  satisfiod  with 
the  electric  vehicle.  Your  Mr.  Donning  is  familiar  with 
the  truck  in  question,  and  knows  that  it  is  not  modem  hy 
any  manner  of  means.  What  it  would  he  possible  to  do  with  a 
firts-class,  up-to-date  truck  is  impossible  to  say,  hut  there 
would  no  doubt  be  quite  a  saving  made.  They  are  making  their  own 
current  by  steam  power  and  are  charging  themselves  1*2^,  which  is 
one  cent  per  E.  more  than  they  would  have  to  pay  for  the  same 
in  the  open  market.  This  would  further  reduce  their  operation 
cost,  but  even  at  the  price  quoted  above  it  is  very  satisfactory. 

Thi3  truck  is  equipped  with  A-8  72  cells.  It  vruld  undoubtedly 
do  better  with  an  A-10  or  A-12,  that  is  it  would  operate  more 
economically.  This  oar  is  given  a  soven  hour  charge  each 
night,  and  a  one  hour  boost  each  day. 

Yours  very  truly, 


F  .A  .Wing  . 


Hr.  Thos.  A*  Edison, 
Orange,  N.  J. 

My  dear  Hr.  Edioont 

Deo.  18,  1912.  ^ 

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-f  -**“■*  1 r ’' 

I  am  pleased  to  acknowledge  receipt  of  your 
far or  of  Nov.  15th  and  was  agreeably  surprised  to  note  you  are 
now  on  the  No.  5  experimental  wagon.  1  trust  you  have  been  able 
to  make  the  test  you  spoke  of  in  this  letter  and  that  the  general 
construction  was  up  to  your  fullest  expectations.. 

I  know  in  work  of  this  kind  that  it  is  not 
always  possible  to  be  able  to  tell  when  you  will  be  ready  but 
as  I  have  said  before  on  account  of  my  extreme  interest  and  the 
fact  I  am  ready  to  do  business  I  am  going  to  ask  an  expression 
from  you  as  to  when  you  think  you  raieht  be  able  to  proceed  with 
the  manufacturing  of  the  several  units  so  that  we  could  more 
seriously  begin  our  operations  here. 

I  know  absolutely  that  the  entire  situation  is 
governed  only  by  how  many  sets  of  the  several  units  that  you  can 
supply.  We  oan  build  and  sell  practically  all  you  can  give  us 
and  are  extremely  anxious  to  enter  the  field.  I  would  thank  you, 
therefore,  to  advise  me  at  your  convenience  if  possible  the  prob¬ 
able  time  at  whioh  you  could  begin  delivery.  Understand  please, 

I  fully  understand  your  procedure  and  that  the  matter  of  a  few 
months  makes  no  difference  with  myself  and  associates  but  Binoe 
we  contemplate  erecting  our  own  buildings  for  this  work  we  nat¬ 
urally  will  require  some  time  for  thiB  and  could  prooeed  and  have 
our  plant  ready  to  begin  operations  at  such  time  as  you  feel  you 
aould  begin  delivering  the  equipment.  Kindly,  therefore,  let 
me  hear  from  you  on  the  subject  for  whioh  I  thank  you  in  advance. 

I  trust  you  are  enjoying  good  health  and  with 

05  -’nr 


New  York. 




Mr-  Thomas  A-  Mi  son, 
Llewellyn  Park, 

Dear  Pir:~ 


,  L# 



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Sometime  ago  your  representative  called  o’^flp  “to  , 

statistics  of  our  delivery  department  saying  you  werej^6-^tiri^5ui^  ^ 
an  Electric  Delivery  Wagon-  ^  Ys/y*  \1^  j* 

Will  you  kindly  let  un  know  how  you  ar#/ ge^^  ttlqsg  witif  J*' 
it  as  we  are  anxious  to  know-  ^  /  \*  }^\  / 

Hoping  to  hear  from  you  at  an  early  date  ajg^^anjtfng^d^f  ?|% 
in  advance ,  we  beg  to  remain  ^9  P  ^  ^ 

Most  respectfully,  rufc>  ^  ^ 

John  Daniell^thns  on3- 

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year  Company,  iiatm*  — e- 

Canaria,  will  be,  it  is  believed,  the  first  company  to 

rccfe.iyj^  raw  material  as  a  result  of  the  lifting  of  the 


The  Wisconsin  supreme  court  lias  held  that  the 
city  cannot  lie  held  as  liable  for  damages  in  personal 
injury  actions,  based  on  accidents  caused  by  the  vehi¬ 
cles  of  the  police  or  fire  departments. 

/  All  ordinance  reducing  the  perinissalilc  speed  of 
/  motor  trucks  front  15  to  nine  miles  per  hour  is  under 
[  consideration  by  the  board  of  aldermen  of  New  York 

Performance  of  Waverly  Model  83  Delivery  wagon 
under  demonstration  to  City  Dye  Works,  Los  Angelos,  Calif. 

1912.  Demonstration  made  by  C.  P.  Payne  V/averley  Co  s  rePr®" 
sentative  in  the  interest  of  the  H.  0.  Harrison  Co.,  Los  Angelos, 
Calif.  State  Agents. 

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Edison  General  File  Series 

1912.  Battery,  Storage  -  Delivery  Wagons  -  Endurance  Tests 
[not  selected]  (E-12-12) 


reports  from  "Endurance  Runs"  on  two  delivery  wagons. 

Edison  General  File  Series 

1912.  Battery,  Storage  -  Delivery  Wagons  -  Lansden  Co.  (E-12-13) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
the  business  of  the  Lansden  Co.,  a  Newark-based  manufacturer  of  electric 
wagons  in  which  Edison  for  a  time  held  the  controlling  interest.  Among  the 
documents  for  1 91 2  is  a  draft  message  by  Edison  stating  that  he  has  sold  his 
interest  in  the  company  and  is  no  longer  invested  in  the  concern.  Also 
included  is  correspondence  regarding  a  sales  commission  collected  by 
Edison's  brother-in-law  Ira  M.  Miller.  Other  documents  pertain  to  accounts 
receivable,  customer  relations,  vehicle  repairs,  road  tests,  and  agreements 
with  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.  The  correspondents  include  Edison's 
private  secretary,  Harry  F.  Miller,  and  his  personal  assistant,  William  H. 
Meadowcroft;  laboratory  employee  Robert  A.  Bachman;  Charles  Brecher, 
secretary  of  the  Lansden  Co.;  and  the  law  firm  of  Roemler  &  Chamberlin  in 
Indianapolis.  Several  items  bear  marginalia  by  Edison. 

Approximately  30  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  material  consists  of  additional  correspondence  concerning 
customer  relations,  accounts  receivable,  vehicle  repairs,  and  other  matters. 

The  Lansden  Company 

Electric  Commercial  Vehicles 


NEWARK,  N.  J.,  U.S.A, 
January  19,  1912, 

Hr.  Ira  M.  Miller, 

199  East  Market  St. , 

Akron,  Ohio. 

Dear  Sir: 

■  Answering  yours  of  the  4th  inst.,  wish  to 
advise  that  THE  JACOB  METZGER  COMPANY  have  favored 
us  with  a  remittance  covering  a  very  small  percentage 
of  the  amount  of  their  indebtedness,  together  with 
three  notes,  all  dated  December  4th,  maturing  at  one, 
two,  and  three  months  from  date.  As  this  matter 
vd.ll  not  be  finally  settled  until  after  March  4th, 
it  will  necessarily  have  to  be  hold  in  abeyance 
until  such  time  as  conditions  will  permit  of  our 
taking  the  matter  up  with  Ur.  Edison,  and  at  which 
time  you  will  be  advised  of  his  decision. 

Yours  very  truly, 



The  Lansden  Company 

Electric  Commercial  Vehicles 

NEWARK,  N.  J.,  U.S.A. 

February  27,  1912. 

Hr.  H.  F.  Hiller,  See., 

Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  IT.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Y/e  havo  received  yours  of  the  20th  inst. , 
asking  us  to  notify  Mr.  Ira  M.  Miller,  Akron,  Ohio, 
that  Jacob  Metzger  Co.  still  owes  the  lansden  Com¬ 
pany  §800.00,  and  that  when  the  receiver  settles > 
the  matter  of  Mr.  Miller’s  commission  will  be  taken 

Yours  very  truly 





The  Lansden  Company 

Electric  Commercial  Vehicles 

EDIiON  storage  battbry  equipment 

Mr.  Ira  I.i.  Miller, 

Akron,  Ohio. 

NEWARK,  N.  J.,  U.S.A. 

February  27,  1912. 

Dear  Sir:- 

The  Jacob  Metzger  Co.  have  gone  into 
the  hands  of  a  receiver,  as  you  said  in  your  letter 
of  February  20th,  you  expected  they  woxild. 

This  company  still  ones  us  v800.00, 
and  as  soon  as  V7e  receive  a  settlement  from  Metzger 
&  Co.,  v/e  nill  take  up  with  you,  the  matter  of  your 

Yours  very  truly, 



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The  Lansden  Company 

Electric  Commercial  Vehicles 


Miller,  Secy., 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  IT.  J. 

Newark,  N.  J.,  U.S.A. 

March  4,  1912. 

Dear  Sir: 

y/e  enclose  herewith  a  letter  received  from 
Mr.  IRA  K.  KILLER ,  under  date  of  February  29th,  together 
with  a  copy  of  onr  answer  thereto.  7,'ill  you  he  good 
enough  to  return  these  to  u.s  for  our  files  after  you 
have  noted  same. 

They  are  sent  you  for  your  information,  and 
any  advice  you  may  wish  to  give  us  in  this  connection. 

Yours  very  truly, 


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TOa«r  the  sane  conditions  an  before.  HWrtae  «  lo»a 
of  iron  ar.a  nm  over  the  fwp  courn o. 
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and  enpeoially  Cherry  St. 

April  4th,1912 

LAHSPi-at  tsht 

Total  Kilos  —  1497.2 
Bay'o  Miles  —  90.1 

Condition  of  GhaBBis  --  Truck  running  O.K. 

Condition  of  Course  — 

Cherry  St.  too  anngerous  for  the  night  driver  to 
go  through. 

Trips ’ around  course  —  6  trips 

—  O.K. 


April  6th,  1912 

Total  Milos  —  1575.1  Miles 
Day's  Miles  —  77.9  Miles 

Condition  o?  Chassis  —  0.  X. 

Condition  of  Coarse  —  Cherry  ~t.  now  passable 

HeoorhB  —  She  lends  on  the  ampere  hour  meter  broke  loose 
met  nipht  due  to  pound inc  on  cobblestones. 

The  Lansden  Company 

Electric  Commercial  Vehicles 


NEWARK,  N.  J.,  U.  S.  A. 

April  G,  191.1. 


Indianapolis,  April  3,  191*' 

The  Landden  Company, 

Newark,  II.  J.  In  re  The  Jac.  Metzger  Co. 


Answering  yours  of  March  29th,  we  beg  to  say  that 
the  Receiver  i"  still  operating  this  concern,  with  a  view 
to  putting  it  in  such  shupc  as  to  obtain  the  very  highest 
possible  price  from  a  prospective  buyer.  This  can  only 
bo  done  by  giving  a  practical  demonstration  of  the  real 
merits  of  the  business  and  showing  a  profit  during  the 
time  the  Receiver  is  operating  the  business.  He  tells 
us  that  he  is  getting  things  in  good  shape  and  within 
the  next  two  or  three  months,  will  bo  able,  as  he  things, 
to  obtain  a  sufficient  amount  for  the  business  to  pay  off 
all  creditors  in  full. 

V.e  ourselves  are  not  quite  this  optimistic,  realiz¬ 
ing  th;  t  it  is  a  very  difficult  problem  for  any  Receiver  to 
pay  out  one  hundred  cents  on  the  dollar.  The  operation  of 
the  business  is  not  for  the  purpose  of  paying  the  debts 
out  of  the  profits  accrued  fi-om  the  Receiver's  operation, 
but  rather  to  make  such  a  showing  as  will  induce  good  bids 
for  the  business.  The  Court  is  permitting  the  Receiver 
to  operate  for  this  purpose  only. 

V.'e  presume  it  will  bo  two  or  three  months  before  any 
final  conclusion  is  reached  as  to  the  sale  of  the  business, 
or  any  reorganization,  which  might  be  possible.  If  however, 
anything  does  develope  in  the  meantime,  we  will  promptly 

,  .  V  ery  truly„yours, 

advise  you.  v  J  t 


The  Lansden  Company 

Electric  Commercial  Vehicles 

NEWARK,  N.  J.,  U.  S 

April  26,  1912. 


Hr.  II.  I?.  Miller,  Secy., 

Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  H.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 

Enclosed  please  find  a  letter,  dated  April  20th, 
which  we  received  from  the  MIGHT -DICKIITSOH  HOTEL  COKPAHY , 
regarding  the  Hotel  Bus  Ho.  590  which  they  purchased  last 
October,  and  7/hich  they  claim  is  defective. 

Kindly  advise  us  what  you  want  us  to  answer  the 
V/right -Dickinson  Company.  Or,  do  you  prefer  to  take  the 
matter  up  direct  with  them? 

Yours  very  truly. 



Enc . 


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Regarding  the  attaohod  ^etter^fj^m  the  hej; 

to  say  that  thi  s  is  an  old  style  Xansc^n  car/^ajtd  one^ 

shipped  out  of  stock.  I  do  not  know~Avhati^lRd  <{f  wheal^.sfcme  had 
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hut  do  know  it  was  the  old  style  fij 


I  would  advise  Mr.  Miller  t^fi^d^o&what  really  broke  the^ 
wheel.  It  is  hardly  creditable  that  this  wheel  sj^ultr’hreak  under 
ordinary  circumstances.  The  policy  of  automobile  concerjis^Is  that 
broken  parts  should  be  returned  to  the  factory J>f**inBpeotion  and 
repair  parts  which  can  be  furnished  by  them  at  a  less  cost  than 

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Hay  16th,  1912 

She  iansden  company, 

Hownrk,  li.  .7. 


In  accordance  with  tho  under  at  priding  at 
which  wo  arrived  at  our  mooting  thin  day,  wo  have  entered 
your  order  for  your  full  requirements  of  iidinon  storage 
Battorlon  for  your  truokn  nosering  n  period  of  fivo  years 
fro  ia  thin  dato,  at  lint  prioea  for  on  oh  hotter' ion  lens 
twenty  por  cent  (20;$)  dine  mint,  with  an  extra  two  per  oont 
(2$)  for  cash  within  ton  daya. 

{Should  your  purehason  in  any  one  year  ox- 
oood  an  aggregate  of  one  hundred  nnd  twenty  (120)  cells  of 
type  A-6,  or  thoir  equivalent  in  price,  per  working  day, 
you  are  to  have  an  extra  two  and  one-half  por  cent  ( 2-1/2 '5) 
di eoount ,  irrespective  of  the  cash  di bo  mint,  that  in  to  Bay, 
the  discounts  would  he  20$  and  2-l/2$,  with  2$  for  oaRh  within 
ten  days.  It  being  understood  that  if  your  pur chan os  in  tho 
first  year  are  lose  than  an  aggregate  of  one  hundred  and  twenty 
(120)  cell a  of  type  A-6.  or  theif .  equivalent  in  prioo,  per 
working  day,  v/o  will  Btill  give  you  this  extra  two  and  one-half 
per  cent  (2-l/2$)  diecount.,  hut  thin  exception  applies  only 
to  the  first  year  of  thia  arrangement. 


!>.  ®o.  (2)  Eny  16/12 

Should  your  purchases  in  /my  ono  year  oxoood 
on  aggregate  of  tv/o  Jmndred  and  forty  (£40)  cells  of  type  a-6, 
or  thoir  QQUiv/ilont  in  price,  per  working  day,  you  are  to  h/>vo 
n  discount  of  five  per  cent  (8$S)  in  addition  to  the  regular 
discount  of  twenty  percent  (20,1).  In  this  case  the  discount 
would  ho  20;?  and  6J»,  with  an  extra  2;?  for  cash  within  ton  days 
Wo  agree  that  wo  will  fill  orders  equally 
f.-r  all  users,  end  give  no  ono  an  advantage.  In  any  event 
v/o  will  not  give  to  other  makers  of  trucks  a  hotter  price 
then  you  receive  for  hetterien  vvith  which  such  trucks  are  cold 
If  you  decide  to  abandon  the  use  of  nflinon 
Storage  Batteries,  you  nro  to  give  us  six  calendar  months' 
notio©  of  your  intention  to  do  so. 

In  order  that  we  nay  he  aided  in  carrying 
out  our  guarantee  no  to  life  of  batteries,  it  is  understood 
that  your  trucks,  in  which  the  battery  in  to  ho  used,  shall 
be  properly  motored,  and  that  the  battery  boxes  shall  bo 
so  constructed  that  our  instructions  con  be  readily  carried 
out  by  the  user. 

yours  very  truly, 



The  Lansden  Co. 


S.  R.  BAILEY  &  CO. 




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The  Lansden  Company 

Electric  Commercial  Vehicles 


NEWARK,  N.  J.,  U.  S.  A. 

l,lay  23,  1912. 

Harry  E.  Miller,  Secretary, 
Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange ,  N .  J • 

V/o  are  in  receipt  of  your  letter  of  May  “2nd, 
and  note  that  you  wish  to  have  full  particulars  as  to 
our  invoices  of  May  15th  for  $235.20  and  $04.55. 

You  no  doubt ,  know  that  the  North  Western 
Supply  Company  owes  the  old  lansden  Company  or  rather 
to!  Shomas  A.  Edison,  $2835.00,  for  a  chassisand  battery 
that  they  sold  to  the  Eire  Department  of  the  is 

Seattle.  Several  test  runs  were  made  with  thi-  chassis, 
none^of  them  being  satisfactory  and  the  City  of  Seattle 
wanted  to  return  this  chassis,  for  the  reason  that  the 
guaranteed  mileage  could  not  be  obtained. 

We  had  this  matter  up  with  to.  H.  A.  Bachman, 
and  after  conferring  with  him  instructed  E.  P.  dampen 
&  Co., of  Seattle,  to  deliver  to  the  City  of  S^ttie  14  cel 
of  A-G  batteries,  and  charge  them  to  Mr.  Edison.  This  wa 
done  and  we  have  settled  for  these  batteries,  as  per  en¬ 
closed  invoice  of  $235.20.  Another  test  was  run  after  th 
additional  batteries  were  installed,  and  weunderstandtoo 
reports  that  the  Electric  Vehicle  Company  of  Oregon 
that  the  City  of  Seattle  was  to  pay  for  thiB  chassis  on 
April  25th  if  a  new  steering-head  could  be  placed  m  the 
chassis  before  that  date,  as  the  steering-head  that  was 
originally  ins  tailed  was  not  up  to  the  specifications  and 
wasSentirely  too  weak.  We  therefore  expressed  them 
-teering-head  at  once,  so  there  should  be  no  furthei  delay 
to  perfect  settlement  of  this  account  and  as  we  understoo 
that  to.  Edison  would  rather  make  3uch  concessions  than  ha 
the  chassis  returned  to  him. 

Trusting  that  the  above  is  the  information  that 
you  wish  to  have,  we  remain. 

Yours  very  truly, 


3DEII  coat™  1 

/ Oicc/tc 


Sen  Company 

^  Blectrl^ComirraercJall  Vehicles 


ON i  p6%  e\Ier* service 

-  |  _  ©a***  vf 

,4*  1  May  31 ,  1912*  „ 


,. frets' 

.  Miller,  Secy.. 

Thomas  A*  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  II.  J.  v 

Dear  Sir: 

In  regard  -Bo  the  MEHpHAHTS  TRANSFER  £ 
account,  concerning  which  I  talked  with  you  over  the  'phone 
this  morning,  -  particularly  the  $1997.50  for  the  oar  which 
The  Lansden  Company  shipped  them  on  June  16,  1911,  practi¬ 
cally  a  year  ago  -  we  have  had  a  good  deal  of  correspondence 
with  Mr.  Jno.  1.  llewbold,  the  President  of  this  Company  in 
regard  to  this  account  and  have  tried  to  have  it  settled; 
hut  we  could  seem  to  get  no  satisfaction,  excepting  the 
statement  that  the  car  was  not  right  and  that  it  was  sold 
to  him  as  a  demonstrating  car  in  June,  when  the  Company 
knew  they  were  never  going  to  make  any  more  cars  of  that 
tyUe.  He  further  claimed  that  he  not  only  got  no  satis¬ 
factory  service  from  this,  hut  got  no  service  out  of  the 
o.ther  two;  and  along  about  the  first  of  the  year,  or  some¬ 
time  in  February  the  writer  personally  made  a  trip  to 
^Washington  to  see  if  the  situation  could  not  be  cleaned 
fup  and” get  a  settlement  of  the  account. 

Nothing  resulted  from  this  visit,  end  the  writer 
personally  made  another  visit  in  April,  trying  to  get  the 
matter  settled,  in  the  hopes  that  this  bill  due  you  would  be 
paid  in  full,  and  we  be  able  to  make  some  arrangement  with 
Mr.  llewbold,  or  somebody  else,  to  handle  an  agency  for  us 
in  Washington.  We  felt  that  nothing  could  be  done  either 
by  our  own  man  in  Washington  if  Mr.  llewbold  was  sore  and 
refused  to  pay  his  bills  because,  as  he  puts  it,  the  car 
is  no  good,  and  that  he  felt  the  Company  was  not  honest  with 
him  in~selling  him  an  old  type  car  as  a  demonstrator  when 
they  knew  thenew  type  would  be  out  in  a  month  or  two . 

A  week  or  two  aao  we  received  a  letter  from 
Mr.  llewbold.  President  of  “the  Merchants  Transfer  &  Storage 
Co. ,  that  he  would  either  return  the  car  and  pay  nothing, 
or  if  we  wanted  to  treat  him  in  a  way  which  he  thought  fair, 
he  would  be  willing  to  keep  the  car  and  pay  $1200.00  for  it, 
because  he  had  an  opportunity  to  rent  it  out  at  a  figure 
which  he  believed  would  enable  him  to  get  this  $1200.00  out 
of  it. 

F.  II. 


The  writer  mentioned  this  to  Mr.  Bachman  one  day 
last  week  and  showed  him  this  letter  from  the  Merchants 
Transfer  &  Storage  Co. ,  and  Mr.  Bachman  asked  me  to  present 
it  to  yon.  This  I  had  planned  to  do,  hnt  it  has  Been 
impossible ,  owing  to  the  multitude  of  things- I  have  had  on 
hand,  and  the  fact  that  I  have  had  to  he  out  of  town  for 
two  or  throe  days. 

Mr.  Jflewbold,  President  of  the  Merchants  Transfer 
&  Storage  Co.  has  .lust  telegraphed  me,  saying  that  ho  would 
like  to'have  some  definite  statement  from  us  as  to  what  we 
will  do  in  this  matter,  that  is,  he  is  closing  his  hooks 
for  the  year  to-day,  and  will  either  ship  the  car  hack  and 
not  pay  his  hill  of  $1997.50,  or  else,  if  we  say  so,  will 
koep  the  car  and  send  us  a  check  for  $1200.00  at  once. 

My  personal  advice,  from  all  that  I  can  size  up 
in  regard  to  the  situation,  would  he  that  it  would  he  better 
to  let  him  keep  the  car  and  get  $1200.00  out  of  it  rather  than 
to  have  this  1000  lb.  car  sent  hack,  which  I  heliovo  would  not 
he  of  any  U3e  at  all  to  Mr.  Edison.  In  other  words,  Mr.  Edison 
had  better  lose  $700.00  odd  dollars  than  the  whole  $1997.50. 

Will  you  he  good  enough  to  advise  me  by  telephone 
as  early  as  possible  to-day  what  your  decision  is  in  regard 
to  this  matter,  so  that  I  may  telegraph  Mr.  Hewbold. 

Thanking  you  for  your  good  attention  to  this , 

we  remain. 

Yours  very  truly, 


General  Manager 



The  Lansden  Company 

Electric  Commercial  Vehicles 


Hr.  H.  S'.  'Tiller,  Cccy. , 
Thomas  A.  Mioon,  Ss< 
Orange ,  IT .  J  • 

NEWARK,  N.  J.,  U.  S.  A. 

July  11,  1912. 

Dear  Sir: 

On  April  20th  we  mote  you  enclosing  a  letter  from 
the  '.'/RIGHT -DI CKI1T30IT  HOTEL  CO.,  aiu^  asking 
advise  us  to  reply  to  them;  or  wlie oner  you preferred  oo  ou.. 
tho  matter  up  direct,  hut  wc  heard  nothing  irora  you. 

In  June,  Ur.  Dickinson,  LTanaging  Director  of  the 
Hotel  Seattle ,  wrote  us  that  he  had  had  no_ reply  to_  nis  late 
letter  of  April  20th  in  regard  to  the  .rounloa  ,/nicn  thoy 
had  had  with  this  new  hue;  and  we  replied  l  nut  our  guarantee 
covers  defective  material,  and  wo  would  he  Slad  to  have  them 
write  us  what  it  cost  them  to  have  the  wneol  and  differential 

They  said,  in  their  letter,  that  the •  right 
•forward  wheel  went  to  pieces  and  they  had  to  rebuild  at 
entirely ,  and  right  on1 top  of  that  tho  differential  hurst 
into  about1  a  thousand  pieces  and  .:hey  n-d  uo  hove  a  new 
made;  and  they  fool  under  the  guarantee  Tho  Lansden  Commny 
should  pay  for  these  repairs. 

V/o  have  just  received  the  enclosed  letter  from 
the  Hotel  Seattle  (dated  July  0th)  to  which  is  attached  a 
hill  for  TJlll . 50 ,  vh  ich  they  seen  uo  think  The  Lansden  Co. 
ought  to  pay,  and  judging  from  their  letter  it  would  appear 
that  there  was  sometliixin:  defective  in  uhoso  materi^lo. 

The  hotel  buses  were  shipped  previous  to  Dept. 

50th,  1911,  and  this  is  really  a  charge  against  the  old 
Lansden  Company. 

I  have  laid  this  situation  before  Hr.  Case,  and  he 
has  asked  me  to  put  the  matter  before  you. 



It  would  appear  that  something  ought  to  ho  done 
in  this  so  as  to  retain  the  of  those  people  who 
have  he on  very  well  satisfied  with  what  tho  Lansdon  Buses 
have  done  for  them. 

As  the  machines  woro  delivered  before  wo  took 
over  tho  company,  will  you  advise  us  whether  or  not  you  wi 
us  to  send  them  a  check  for  this  hill  and  ehargo  same  to 
your  account. 

Yours  very  truly, 

TIE  LAI!  3D  BIT  COI'ii'.iiY 


The  Lansden  Company 

Electric  Commercial  Vehicles 


NEWARK,  N.  J.,  U.  S.  A.,  . 

Mr.  H.  F.  Miller,  Seoy. , 

Thomas  />•  Edison,  Esq. , 

Orange,  1!.  J. 

Dear  sir: 

We  enclose  herewith  a  letter  dated  July  10th, 
which  we  received  today  from  the  Receiver  for  THE  JACOB 
METZGER  COMP  MY ,  Indianapolis,  Ind. 

Yours  very  truly, 



The  Lansden  Company 

Electric  Commercial  Vehicles 


Newark,  n.  J.,  u.  S.  a., 

Oot.  1,  1918. 

Mr.  Harry  J.  Miller,  Secretary, 

To-  Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.J. 

Dear  Sir: 

Enclosed  please  find  a  letter  we 
received  from  Roemler  &  Chamberlin 
regarding  the  Jacob  Metzger  Co., 

Very  truly, 




L|S  Sept.  25,  1912 

The  Jjianeden  Company, 

In  re  Jacob  Metzger  Company. 


In  accordance  with  previous  notice  sent  out,  a 
meeting  of  the  creditors  of  the  above  concern  was  held 
Wednesday,  the  18th  inst.,  ana  it  was  decided  to  sell 
all  the  bonded  whiskey  now  on  hand  and  thereby  procure 
sufficient  revenue  to  pay  to  the  creditors,  approximately 
a  40$  dividend.  This  it  is  estimated  will  take  about 
thirty  days  time. 

The  creditors  idea  is  to  then  continue  the  business 
for  a  while  in  order  to  reduce  the  stock  as  much  as  possible 
and  thereby  add  further  to  the  revenue.  After  this,  it  is 
the  plan  to  sell  the  business,  if  possible  and  get  whatever 
seems  reasonable  for  it.  In  this  way  it  is  estimated  that 
the  largest  possible  amount  will  be  realized  for  creditors. 

We  will  endeavor  to  keep  you  posted  as  to  the  de¬ 

Very  truly  yours. 




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October  30,  19X2. 

Mr.  H.  F.  Miller: 

Regarding  the  Olson  Cartage  Co.  wagon  returned  to  the  lansden  Co. 

I  would  advise  that  the  hansden  Co.  dispose  of  this  machine,  as  it  is  not 
the  typo  of  machine  that  could  he  used  here  to  advantage.  The  body  is 
enclosed  type  and  would  not  be  practical  for  our  wor*  here,  unless  the 
Laboratory  could  use  same.  We  will  never  get  the  value  out  of  this  mach¬ 
ine  no  matter  what  we  do  with  it.  If  they  cannot  dispose  of  it ,  I  woul 
advise  having  it  put  in  shape  and  possibly  we  could  dispose  of  it  in  some 


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November  14,  1912. 

Regarding  the  Olson  Cartage  ^o.  wagon  which  had  been  returned  to 
the  lansden  Co.  for  credit,  I  note  that  you  make  a  memorandum 
"Bachman,  are  there  any  more  of  these  affairs.” 

I  am  glad  to  say  that  this  winds  up  the  slate  with  the  exoeption 
of  the  Hearn  Co.  whioh  you  are  familiar  with;  as  you  remember  that 
your  arrangement  with  the  Lansden  Co.  was  that  you  would  stand  50% 
of  the  cost  of  changing  machines  over  and  put  them  in  service.  This 
is  however,  something  we  will  have  to  watch  closely  when  the  lansden 
Co’  send  in  their  bill,  as  I  understand  Mr.  Case  had  arranged with 
Beach  of  the  Hearn  Co.  to  rebuild  these  machines  quite  elaborate  and 
there  is  some  penalty  arrangement  made  whereby  Case  was  to  lose  850.00 
per  day  on  account  of  delivery.  I  understand  Beach  has  taken  advan¬ 
tage  of  this  and  the  penalty  contract  has  cost  Case  somewhere  in  the 
neighborhood  £T$330o!oO,  which  however  is  not  part  of  our  agreement. 

The  Olson  Cartage  Co.  is  an  old  matter  and  you  were  quite 

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Mr.  Case  to  write  the  Olson  people  ana  vexx^^  had  keptit  8  months 

Co.  would  not  accept  this  machine  i  ^  year.  They  have 

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The  Lonsden  Gompamj 



Newark,  N.  J.  April  1,  1912. 

Sold  to  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

4476 -B 

Req.  No.  Address  Orange ,  IT.  J. 

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Order  No.  various  types  for  commercial  amd  passemger  service 

Newark,  N.  J.  August  31,  1912. 

Sold  to 
Req.  No. 

Thomas  A.  Edison 

Address  Orange,  II. J. 


To  1/2  the  cost  of  "making  good"'  on  15 
old  Hearn  chasses  as  agreed 

Material  for  15  chasses 

10$  overhead 

labor  Machine  Shop 

82$  overhead 

labor  assembling  &  painting 

82$  overhead 
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Order  No. 


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Sold  to  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Req.No.  Address  Orai^e,  II.  J. 



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James  A.  Hoam  &  Son's  Old  Lansden  Truck 
Ko.  150,  as  agreed  -  to  carry  out  promises 
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Adams  Vehicle  Co. ,  Hew  Haven 

Adana  Vehicle  Co.,  Hashing ton,  D.  C. 

Central  Smelting  Works 

Commercial  Vehicle  Co.,  Manila 

Frank  1.  Dyer 

Edison  Storage  Battery  Co. 

Electric  Wagon  Co.  (V/.E.Eldridge)  Boston 
Edison  Storage  Battery  Oarage  Co. 

Oreen  Car  Sight  Seeing  Co. 

Jersey  Biscuit  Co. 

$  17.20 

2,875.73  .  ' 


3.60  I 


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Edison  General  File  Series 

1912.  Battery,  Storage  -  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company 
[not  selected]  (E-12-14) 

This  folder  contains  documents  relating  to  the  business  of  the  Edison 
Storage  Battery  Co.  The  two  items  for  1912  are  a  letter  to  Clarence  C. 
Churchill  regarding  a  sample  of  nickel  hydrate  and  a  report  on  tube  loading 
operations  for  January  1912. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Battery,  Storage  -  Electric  Vehicles  (E-12-15) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
the  commercial  and  technical  development  of  Edison's  alkaline  storage 
battery  and  its  use  in  electric  vehicles.  Many  of  the  documents  were  written 
by  Edison  or  bear  his  marginalia.  Included  are  letters  and  advertisements 
concerning  the  Electric  Storage  Battery  Co.  of  Philadelphia  and  its  Ironclad- 
Exide  battery.  Also  included  are  a  draft  agreement  and  related 
correspondence  with  the  General  Vehicle  Co.  concerning  a  battery  service 
system  of  central  stations  for  electric  vehicles,  along  with  letters  pertaining  to 
arrangements  to  establish  a  marketing  agency  in  Connecticut.  Among  the 
correspondents  for  1912  are  William  C.  Anderson,  president  of  the  Anderson 
Electric  Car  Co.  and  manufacturer  of  the  Detroit  Electric  automobile;  longtime 
Edison  associate  Edward  H.  Johnson;  and  Philip  D.  Wagoner,  president  of 
the  General  Vehicle  Co. 

Approximately  80  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  material  consists  of  unsolicited  correspondence,  promotional 
material  from  companies  seeking  business  with  Edison,  clippings  from 
periodicals,  a  form  pertaining  to  product  guarantees  from  the  Edison  Storage 
Battery  Co.,  duplicates,  and  items  that  duplicate  the  information  in  selected 

f  ublit  grrou*  Elfdrtr  ©mnpauJj 

Newark,  N.  J*  Jan.  3,  1913* 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  w  A  / £w,\  f 

Edison  Storage  Battery  Company,  ^ 

West  Orange,  N.  J.  cjlXC*-*  .  7^ 

You  will  recall  that  in  our 

Dear  Sirs'* 


Jsation  Saturday  cy  ,v  f  £..e. 



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Iyou  will  recall  that  in  our  oonvetfe 
you  laid' particular  stress  upon  the  apparent  lack  of  intelligent 
engineering  in  the  electrical  design  of  the  modern  vehiole,  and 
pointed  out  improvements  in  motors,  wiring, and  controllers  which 
would  increase  the  efficiency  of  these  machines. 

As  you  are  aware,  the  electric  lighting  companies 
throughout  the  country  are  championing  the  electric  vehiole,  in 
the  belief  that,  commercially  at  least,  it  will  ultimately  dominate 
the  transportation  field.  Already  several  lighting  companies 
have  expended  more  money  in  advertising  the  electric  machine  than 
has  any  one  vehicle  manufacturer.  Because  of  this  fact,  we  believe 
we  are  justified  in  demanding  from  the  electric  vehicle  makers 
the  elimination  of  the  defects  you  indicate,  and  to  this  end  propose 
a  conference  of  the  vehicle  manufacturers  and  active  Central  Stations 
to  adopt  a  standard  of  electrical  design  which  will  eliminate  the 
faults  you  mentioned. 

May  we  ask  you  to  kindly  write  us  the  details  of  your 
investigation,  and  also  any  suggestions  you  may  wish  to  offer 
concerning  the  proposed  conference. 

Yours  very  truly. 


i-ision  Agent. 

Y\n»E1*S0N  ^LKCTMIC  (Xi\  (o. 





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Mr.  Thos.V..  Sdison'T’'  "  \  V-*$* 
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Orange,  K.J.  (v»'v 

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Dear  Sir:-  _ 

Enclosed  herewith  I  hand  you  letter  and  adver- ~~ 
tisements  which  will  explain  themselves.  Hoiv,  we  desire 
to  know  what  your  intentions  are  at  this  time  relative 
to  keeping  your  battery  before  the- buying  public.  I 
intended  to  have  taken  this  matter  up  in  person  with  you, 
but  our  time  was  pretty  well  occupied  with  Mr.  Ford  while 
there,  and  thi3  was  entirely  neglected. 

I  recall,  and  you  must  remember  also,  that 
after  entering  into  our  working  arrangement  while  there, 
you  put  your  arm  on  my  shoulder  and  said:  "Anderson, you 
can  depend  unon  one  thing,  we  will  not  see  you  licked, 
we  will  help’  you  out  in  any  way  that  is  thought  best. 

The  question  now  arises,  inasmuch  as  these  people  are 
spending  from  $15,000.00  to  $20,000.00  a  month,  as  to 
what  you  are  going  to  do.  Your  advertising  department 
has  never  been  to  our  liking  and  we  don't  believe  you  have 
received  the  value  you  should  have  received  for  the  small 
amount  of  money  you  have  spent.  V/e  are  experienced  along 
that  line  and  have  an  advertising  bureau  here  that  under¬ 
stand  their  business,  as  you  understand  your  battery,  and 
it  is  these  people  who  should  be  put  next  to  the  propo¬ 
sition.  I  have' met  two  or  three  men  who  claim  to  be  look¬ 
ing  after  your  advertising  down  there,  and  I  beg  the 
privilege  of  saying  they  are  jokes.  They  may  be  all  right 
for  Manhattan  Island,,  but  they  certainly  won't  do  in  the 
I  uniddle  West  where  the  big  demand  is.  What  you  must  do  is 
I /to  keep  your  battery  before  the  people  and  they  must  be 
If  told  its  qualities.  V/e  don't  want  a  lot  of  publicity  about 
yourself;  I  find  that  people  are  well  posted  as  to  who  you 
\  are,  but  they  are  not  well  posted  as  to  the  quality  of  the 
V  battery. 

I  wish  you  would  take  this  into  consideration 
and  let  me  hear  from  you  a3  to  what  your  ideas  are  regarding 
meeting  the  conditions  as  outlined  in  the  enclosed  letter 
and  advertisements.  ■ 

Yours  very  truly, 

V/CA-EP,  Letter  &  Advs. 


Anderson  Electric  Car  Co. 



Anaerson  Electric  Car  Co., 

Detroit,  Hich. 

Gen  t  lemon - 

Enclosed  herewith  find  copy  of  three 
ads  which  the  people  propose  to  ran  in  news¬ 
papers  throughout  the  country 

Yours  truly, 


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The  4,ftoncla{>*£xii>C',  Battery  docs  not  quit  on  a  hill  nor  when  sta 
It  is  also  the  battery  which  gives  satisfactory  service  in  either  cold  \vc 
It  can  be  kept  in  order  with  minimum  attention  and  can  he  re-charged  at 

52  leading  electric  vehicle  m; 



The  Oldest  and  Largest  Battery  Makers  in  the  Country, 


That  “Electric”  of  Yours 

Will  Give  the  Best  Service 

When  Equipped  With 



With  Less  Attention 

For  Electric  Vehicles  Equipped  With  the 

-“HronclaO  -JExWe”- 


The  “TFtonCla&aEXf&C”  will  run  an  electric  car  more  miles  with  less  expense  and  less  attention 
than  any  other  battery  made. 

It  is  a  battery  which  gives  satisfactory  service  in  either  cold  weather  or  hot. 

It  can  be  re-charged  at  a  reasonable  cost,  and  kept  in  order  with  minimum  attention. 

It  docs  not  quit  on  hills  nor  in  starting  a  heavy  load. 

The  22  prominent  electric  vehicle  makers  have  all  endorsed  the  *'1Itonclat>»ExU>eM  Battery.  No 

sure  clectricvchiclcs’in  this  country  would  have  selected  the  ^,ftOtlC?aO*EX*IDC,,,  Battery  there  had  been 
a  better  one? 

The  following  prominent  electric  vehicle  makers  ar 
with  the  famous “JBXfOe”  and  “  WBCap^xlbc^Batt 

“Wscaptffixfue”  Batteries. 

,*fronClaO*=3EXlDCM  Battery,  together 

theEiectric  Storace  Battery  Co. 

The  Oldest  and  Largest  Battery  Maker  in  the  Country. 

This  advertisement  is  appear¬ 
ing  in  the  following  cities: — 
Boston,  Mass. 
Cleveland,  Ohio. 
Chicago,  III. 

San  Francisco,  Cal. 

Los  Angeles,  Cal. 

Detroit,  Mich. 

Denver,  Col. 

St.  Louis,  Mo. 
Washington,  D.  C. 

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hand  city,  n.y.  February  12,  1912. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

The  Edison  laboratories. 

Orange,  H.J. 

My  deaf  Mr.  Edison:- 


Referring  to  the  above,  X  have  gone  over  the  draft  of 
contract  in  detail  with  the  Hartford  people  and  they  were  very 
much  pleased  with  the  form  in  which  the  agreement  wbb  presented. 

They  suggested,  however,  that  two  points  should  be  considered, 

First:  The  contract  as  drawn  is  limited  to  the  City  of 
Hartford  and  they  wished  to  have  it  revised  to  cover  the  terri¬ 
tory  to  which  they  supply  current  for  lighting  and  power  purposes. 

Second:  They  raised  the  question  of  desiring  to  furnish 
similar  service  for  pleasure  vehicles.  I  suggested  to  them  that 
as  we  do  not  make  pleasure  vehicles  we  would  modify  the  agreement 
to  leave  them  free  to  deal  with  you  direct  without  including  us 
in  the  matter. 

X  attach  revised  draft  of  the  agreement*  which  you  O.K'd 
on  January  26l!h,  and  have  endeavored  below  to  point  out  the  changes 
made  in  the- draft  which  you  O.K'd.  These  are  as  follows: 

Ho.  1,  page  2,  first  line  after  "vehicles"  insert  "for  bus¬ 
iness  purposes." 


Ho.  2,  page  2,  sixth  line /"whereby"  insert  "the  users  of." 


Mr.T.A.E. - 2 

Mo.  3,  page  3,  add  to  first  paragraph  after  words  "Vehicle 
Company"  the  following  -  "And  in  such  vehicles  made  ty  others  and 
not  operated  for  business  purposes,  in  which  the  Battery  Company  may 
authorize  the  Light  Company  to  use  the  same." 

Ho.  4,  page  3,  article  first,  second  line  after  word  "driven" 
insert  "commercial",  after  word  "vehicles"  insert  "that  is,  vehicles 
to  he  used' for  business  purposes." 

Ho.  5,  page  4,  article  third,  3rd  line  after  "be"  insert 
"as  low  as. the." 

Ho.  6,  page  5,  article  sixth,  subdivision  (1),  changed  to 
read  as  follows: 

"(1)  That  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  shall  be  installed  and 
used  as  aforesaid  only  on  such  electric  vehicles  made  by  the  Vehicle 
Company,  but  the  Vehicle  Company  consents  to  the  extension  of  this 
license  by  the  Battery  Company  so  as  to  permit  the  Light  Company  to 
use  said  batteries  on  electric  vehicles  made  by  others  and  not  oper¬ 
ated  for  business  purposes." 

Ho.  7,  page  6,  article  sixth,  subdivision  (5),  sixth  line 
after  words  "Vehicle  Company"  add  - 

"and  in  such  vehicles  made  by  others,  and  not  operated  for 
business  purposes,  in  which  the  Battery  Company  may  authorize  the 
Light  Company  to  use  the  same."  After  word  "any"  in  the  next  to  last 
line  insert  "kinds  and"  and  change  word  "make"  to  "makes";  in  the  last 
line  change  "Battery  Exchange  System"  to  "Battery  Service  System." 

Mr.I.A.E. - 3 


Ho.  8.  page  7.  article  ninth.  6th  line,  insert  before  "ninety" 
"At  least." 

Ho.  9,  page  7,  add  article  "BIBVSHTH." 

I  sending  yo»  herewith  lour  copier  of  the  agreement.  If 
the  for,  1.  satisfactory  to  yea.  rill  y««  Kindly  erect,  three  eepiee. 
returning  the.  to  me  and  I  rill  hare  the.  erected  Mediately  hy  the 
Hartford  Bl.otric  light  Company,  end  rill  er.out.  the  ....  for  the 
general  Vehicle  company.  returning  ...  copy  to  ydu.  *»  Hartford  Bl.c 
trio  Light  Company  hat.  called  a  meeting  for  Wednesday  t.  .lose  the 

matter  up. 

pro.  my  talk  nth  a.  lunham.  I  do  net  heller,  re  need  anti¬ 
cipate  any  curtailment  of  on  account  of  congestion  in  er- 
changing  batteries  a.  the  Hctferd  Company  rill.  I  think,  undoubtedly 
make  such  arrangement,  as  nr.  indicated  a.  desirable  fre.  time  t.  time 
to  facilitate  the  business. 

Yours  very  truly. 

PD'iY  -RIvIF 

We  are  in  receipt  of  your  letter  of  February 
10th,  enclosing  a  copy  of  a  telegram  from  the  Edison  Storage 
Battery  Co.  We  wish  to  advise  that  we  have  had  absolute¬ 

ly  no  trouble  with  the  felt  coverings  used  in  connection  with 
the  Edison  batteries  in  our  garage.  We  have,  however,  been 
particularly  careful  to  see  that  the  tops  of  the  cells  have 
been  kept  dry  and  clean,  so  that  there  has  been  no  danger 
from  short-circuiting,  due  to  any  of  the  felt  having  absorbed 
any  of  the  electrolyte.  However,  it  is  our  opinion  that 
for  a  customer  keeping  his  own  car,  it  would  be  well  to  place 
underneath  the  felt  an  extra  covering  of  rubber.  We  have 
lots  of  confidence  in  the  protective  qualities  of  the  felt 
covering,  and  unless  we  receive  positive  instructions  from  you 
to  discontinue  its  use,  we  will  go  ahead  as  before. 

Yours  truly, 






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Dear  Ur.  Wn 

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?oh.,  1912 

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Lend  City,  IT.  Y. 

lir.  .'Odison  nays  Tie  will  concent  to  that  anditioral 
n  regard  to  Hartford.  I  prefswe.  therefore.  That 
to  have  the  Contract  reeopied  ant!  executed  over 

yours  very  truly. 


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The  Converse  D.  Marsh 

r y  Spruce  St.,  New  York 

19  12 

This  is  a  copy  of  a  letter  wo  ore  sending 
the  Electric  Vehicle  Manufacturers  not  represented 
in  Boston. 

V:e  have  brokon  through  the  ice  in  Boston. 
The  Bowmen  Company,  agency  for  the  St evens -Duryer 
Car,  who  next  to  The  Fuller  Company  are  the  biggest 
Gas  Car  Dealers  in  New  England,  have  taken  over  an 
Electric  agency.  The  enclosed  clipping  from  the 
Boston  Transcript  explains  the  natter. 

Yours  very  truly. 



Boston  Transcript 
February  24tb,  1912. 



Lons  Island  City,  II. Y. 

March  £9,  1912. 

Die.  3/2  8/12. 

Mr.  W.  H.  Meadow  croft , 

Thomas  A.  Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange,  Hew  Jersey. 

My  dear  Hr.  Meadowcrof  t: 

I  thank  you  very  much  for  your  letter  of  March  21st,  in 
regard  to  the  suggested  Battery  Service  System  agreement. 

I  was  not  sure  as  to  the  intention  with  reference  to  the 
points  in  question,  and  which  you  have  cleared  up. 

Of  course  I  as  sunn  that  it  will  probably  be  impossible 
for  us  to  entirely  clear  nn  this  situation  before  Mr.  Edison 
gets  back,  but  in  the  meantime  I  will  go  over  the  contract  care¬ 
fully,  and  possibly  suggest  changes  in  the  wording  to  make  more 
clear  the  points  indicated  in  your  letter. 


long  Island  City,  1 
April  8,  1912. 
Bio.  4/6/12. 

ilr.  William  E.  lieadowcroft, 

Thomas  A.  Edison  laboratory. 

Orange,  IT.  J. 

Uy  door  I.'.r .  lieadowcroft: 

I  have  your  letter  of  April  4  th.  I  also  received  a  kbs- 
soge  from  Ilr.  Stevenson  on  April  2d,  stating  that  you  had  ad¬ 
vised  him  that  Hr.  Edison  is  rather  in  favor  of  the  contract 
which  we  had  submitted,  but  desires  to  provide  that  if  the  bat¬ 
teries  improved  at  any  time,  certain  modifications  should  be  made, 
etc.,  and  that  you  indicated  you  would  knew  more  about  how  this 
was  to  be  done  when  the  letter  which  you  sent  ire  with  yours  o" 

April  4th  was  received  from  Hr.  Edison. 

In  regard  to  the  question  of  the  Battery  Company  getting  some 
direct  advantage  if  the  life  of  the  first  battery  were  more  than 
five  years:  I  have  been  thinking  over  sons  way  of  accomplishing 
this  result,  an!  the  following  has  occurred  to  kb  os  a  possible 
way  of  taking  care  of  this  matter: 

Hefcrring  to  the  guarantee,  let  the  guarantee  stand  that  the 
life  of  any  battery,  with  one  renewal,  shall  be  ten  years;  then  ae- 
termine  the  price  of  the  renewal  on  a  sliding  scale,  ao  follows: 

If  the  battery  is  renewed  on  or  before  the  completion  of  the 
five-year  period,  the  price  of  renewal  would  he  list  price,  less 
25/'  discount. 

#2— WHH— 4/8/12. 

If  renewed  between  the  end  of  the  5th  and  the  end  of  the  Cth 
year  the  discount  would  he  2C$. 

If  renewed  between  the  end  of  the  6th  and  the  end  of  the  7th 
year  the  discount  would  be  15$. 

If  between  the  end  of  the  7th  and  the  end  of  the  Gth  year  the 
discount  would  bo  10$. 

If  between  the  end  of  the  Gth  and  the  end  of  the  9th  year  the 
discount  would  be  5$. 

And  if  renewed  between  the  end  of  the  9th  and  the  end  of  the 
10th  year  the  discount  would  be  zero,  or  list  price. 

It  seems  to  me  that,  in  general,  this  would  accomplish  what 
Mr.  Edison  has  in  mind,  and  in  a  manner  to  which  the  user  should 
have  no  objection. 

In  regard  to  the  other  point  raised  by  Mr.  Edison,  namely, 
that  the  discount  to  us ' should  at  all  times  be  at  least  10$  great¬ 
er  than  the  discount  at  which  the  Battery  Company  regularly  sells 
vehicle  batteries  to  Central  .Stations,  Power  Companies,  or  Ga¬ 
rages,  I  would  like  to  point  out  what  possibly  did  not  occur  to 
Mr.  Edison,  vis-,  that  the  word  "regularly"  appears  in  the  wording, 
which  you  will  remember  was  inserted  in  the  Hartford  draft  in 
order  to  obviate  the  difficulty  which  Mr.  Edison  has  in  mind  with 
reference  to  exceptional  eases.  Furthermore,  as  the  contract 

is  worded  the  example  cited  by  Mr.  Edison  of  the _ _P.ailroad , 

would  not  be  affected  at  all  by  the  contract,  as  the  relative 
discount  bears  only  on  prices  to  Central  Stations,  Power  Companies, 
or  Garages. 

It  v; ould  seem  to  he  that  with  the  above  comment  the 


objection  in  Hr.  Edison' s  mind  possibly  may  be  taken  care  of,  and 
that  the  first  suggestion  I  made  above  might  take  care  of  the  first 
objection,  so  that  we  can  go  ahead  and  make  sore  progress. 

I  would  be  glad  to  hear  from  you  in  regard  to  the  above. 

I  do  not  exactly  understand  the  intent  of  the  last  clause  of 
Hr.  Edison's  memorandum,  as  I  do  not  understat'd  that  we  are  in  posi¬ 
tion  to  go  ahead  until  the  above  points  are  settled. 

Very  truly  yours. 

0*7^)  ,  £u~t> — ^ 

Presid  ent . 


April  11th,  1912 

Mr.  P.  B.  Wagoner,  President, 

The  General  Vehicle  Co., 

long  Island  City,  N.Y. 

My  Bear  Mr.  Wagoner:- 

1  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  Rth  instant  in 
regard  to  the  proposed  forii  $ contract.  It  seems  to  me  that 

you  have  met  Mr.  liaison's  criticisms  fairly  well,  and  as  soon 
as  possible  after  his  return. t  ortho  library  I  will  take  up  the 
whole  matter  with  him,  and  l/ think  that  he  will  be  ready  for  an 
early  conference  with  you  on  the  subject  of  this  contract. 

I  am  no  more  certain  than  you  are  as  to  the  full 
intent  of  the  last  clause  on  Mr.  Edison's  memorandum,  hut  I  took 
it  to  mean  that  in  general  he  was  satisfied  with  that  kind  of 
contract  if  his  criticisms  could  he  taken  care  of,  and  that  if  we 
could  seo  our  way  clear  to  meet  these  criticisms,  you  would  he  in 
a  position  to  make  preliminary  arrangements  in  one  or  two  urgent 
cases  that  yon  might  have  on  hand. 

Yours  very  truly. 



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In  the  latest  contract  sent  In  re-  Wagoner's  - 
there  are  two  had  things.  Suppose  we  can  make  the  battery  laBt 
8 lx  years,  or  even  seven  years,  we  not  only  get  no  benefit  from 
it,  but  when  it  is  returned,  the  chances  that  the  iron  is  good 
aro  much  less  than  if  it  lasted  five  years.  The  longer  it  lasts, 
the  less  value  has  the  returned  battery  to  us,  as  the  cans  will 
be  more  injured  by  denting  and  rusting.  The  irons  will  be  older 
and  generally  the  returned  battery  might  require  renewal  of  both 
iron  and  can.  Whereas ,  if  only  used  five  years,  the  condition 
would  be  more  favorable  for  just  renewing  the  nickel  plates. 

Evidently  what  Wagoner  is  driving  at  is  that  the 
depreciation  costs  shall  not  exceed  #181.00  yearly,  and  that 
he  gots  what  batteries  he  wants  at  the  discounts  named. 

Jlow  if  wo  can  make  the  battery  last  six  years,  the 
Battery  Co.  should  get  3/4  of  $181.00  for  the  extra  year,  and 
the  owner  l/4. 

This  is  an  incentive  for  the  Battery  Co.  to  diminish 
the  costs  to  the  owner  by  using  every  effort  to  increase  the  life 
of  the  battery,  even  if  the  costs  in  the  factory  should  increase. 
Thus  the  owner  is  assured  that  depreciation  costs  will  be  no  more 
than  $181.00  yearly,  and  may  be  less. 

,  Another  point  in  this  contract  that  is  dangerous 

and  might  tie  us  up  in  certain  oases  is  this: 

It  says  that  tho  discounts  at  all  times  shall  be 
at  least  {5  ft  S'?)  greater  than  the  Battery  Co.  gives  regularly 
to  Central  Stations,  Bower  Companies  or  Garages.  Hero  is  an 

instance  where  it  he  had  ®he  R,n*  thG  °"bher  3ay 

offerefi  us  an  orfier  for  oar  lighting  for  S8B0.000  of  batteries, 
providing  we  gave  20%  discount.  I  turned  it  fiovm;  hut  there 
'  might  he  conditions  where  a  million  dollars  might  ho  involved 
that  1  couldn't  turn  fiovm;  then  all  these  Wagoner  contracts 
would  have  to  he  changed.  Its  a  poor  proposition  to  hose  any¬ 
thing  on  so  shifting  a  foundation.  Altogether,  when  I  return, 
we  shall  have  to  go  over  this  contract  very  carefully. 

I  telegraphed  yon  to-day  so  Wagoner  could  go  ahead 
with  the  one  or  two  urgent  cases  and  await  my  return  f6r  the 
formal  contract. 




Long  Island  City,  E.  1. 
April  17,  191H. 

Dio.  4/ 16/ IS. 

lir.  \7.  H.  Lleadowcro.ft, 

Thos.  A.  Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange,  H • 

I»y  dear  Hr.  Head  ow  croft: 

I  thank  you  very  much  indeed  for  your  lettor  of  April  lDtn, 
and  am  very  glad  to  note  that  Lir.  Edison  has  returned. 

I  will  be  unable  to  go  over  to  see  Hr.  Edison  v/ithin  the  next 
few  days,  but  will  arrange  to  do  so  at  the  earliest  possible  mo- 

In  the  meantime,  I  wonder  if  you  could  hive  me  a  little  fur¬ 
ther  information  on  the  points  referred  to  in  the  last  paragraph 
of  your  letter. 

Kindly  give  Hr-  Edison  my  very  best  regards- 
Very  truly  yom'S, 

(f . 



mmwLM  ©w  m*Mw 


New  York  May  6,  1912. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
East  Orange,  Hew  Jersey. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: - 

We  are  instructed  by  our  3  on  oral 
Manager,  Mr.  Charles  V/.  Hash,  Flint,  Michigan,  to 
deliver  to  you  one  Model  36  Buiok  Runabout.  Ex¬ 
planation  will  follow  by  mail. 


Yours  very  truly. 



Lons:  Island  City,  I'.y . 
May  9,  19 IB. 

Mr.  ■».  H.  Mead owcr oft, 

Buison  Laboratories, 

Orange,,  IT.  J. 

Dear  Mr.  Meadowcroft: 

I  v;as  prevented  last  week  from 
giving  much  attention  to  the  battery  system  con¬ 
tract  owing  to  the  fact  that  I  was  called  to  Mon¬ 
treal  the  night  after  I  saw  yon  and  remained  there 
all  the  we  eh . 

I  enclose  a  copy  of  my  idea  as 
to  t'’e  wording  of  the  contract  in  reference  to 
ten  year  cost,  etc. 

'.Till  you  look  it  over  and  let 

me  know  what  you  think  of  itAif  you  have  prepared 
anything  I  will  be  glad  to  see  how  yon  have  clari¬ 
fied  the  wording. 

Ai)3-  CAM 

Very  respectfully  yours 

President's  Office. 

-^NDE«SON  ^L^CTf(IC  (a^  0. 

May  22,1912 

Mr,  Thomas  A,  Edison, 

Orange, N.J. 

My  dear  Mr,  Edison; 

I  hand  you  herewith  copy  of  the 
registrations  for  the  month  of  April  for  the  state  of 
Caji'f. which  will  explain  itself. 

You  will  note  there  are  some  very  interesting 
figures  noted  thereon. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Eho(  Copy  of  registrations) 


Bui  ok 

Buffalo  Trk 



Clark  Carter 

Crane  &  Breed 


De  Tumble 

Detroit  Elec. 








Heme  Made 




Kissel  Kar 

Kline  Kar 




L  au  t  h-Juergeni 



Little  Giant 





Pierce  arrow 
Pope  Toledo 
Pope  Hartford 
—Rauch  &  Lang 





Stanley  Steamer 
St earn r 

Stevens  Duryea 
Stoddard  Dayton 
Stoddard  Elec. 

5  Warren  Del 
10 — V/avfirly 
16  White  IS 

—Flanders  Elec. 


Frojer  Hiller  . 




General  Kotor  Cal 
Great  Western 









S  Wichita  Fall 

2  Wintcn 

3  Dealers 

4  iic  make  Give 

June  3,  1912. 



of  letter  sent  to 
Anderson,  Esq.,  Pres«, 

Anderson  Electric  Carriage  Co*, 

Detroit,  Michigan. 

My  dear  Anderson:- 

Hy  machine  which  you  sent  me  and  which  I  only 
use  nersonally  betwen  Laboratory  and  house,  was  tested  care¬ 
fully  when  it  arrived,  and  over  our  asphalt  test  course  near 
Newark  which  is  level,  gave  69  watts  per  ton  mile.  I  had 
it  tested  again  the  other  day.  It  now  takes  109  watts  per 
ton  mile.  My  man  says  all  is  clean  and  ^f11 
the  motor  hearings;  he  says  it’s  very  difficult  to  get  at  them 
to  oil. 

Shall  I  investigate  or  can  you  put  me  wise 
as  to  reason  of  this  great  change?  Can  it  he  roller  hearings 
have  got  flattened  or  something  of  that  kind. 

We  carry  45  lhe.  pressure  on  tires.  I  i 
going  to  pump  to  60  lhs.  and  run  it  over  test  road  again. 

Beach  has  abandoned  roller  hearings  on  his 
cars,  as  he  found  the  watts  per  ton  mile  kept  increasing 
right  a}.ong.  Have  you  any  experience  of  this  kind. 

(Signed)  EDISON. 

Original  lead  pencil  sent 

Mr.  A. 

'Andekson  fe^CTl^C  (h{  (o. 

Q  JuB  15.1912  | 

UrL  ^  -^2  i 

L  -^rc.  co=cc C  ^ 

On  my  return  I  rind,  your  letters  of  the  3rd 
and  11th,  replies  having  been  sent  to  you  relative  to  the 
inflation  of  the  tires  and  the  watt  consumption  of  your  car. 
note  you  have  been  running  your  car  on  the  tire  at  45  lbs. 
pressure.  That  certainly  makes  a  car  ride  easy  but  you 
cannot  get  much  mileage  or  efficiency  out  of  it.  I  note  you 
raised  it  to  70  and  it  showed  a  big  reduction.  Put  ID  lbs. 
more  in  and  the  car  will  go  back  to  normal.  Please  make  this 
test  and  let  me  hear  from  you  further. 

I  was  much  disappointed  in  being  beaten  out 
of  my  visit  with  you  but  the  storm  hit  me  at  such  a  time 
it  was  impossible  to  reach  Orange  and  keep  my  other  appoint¬ 
ments.  There  was  nothing  special  but  what  X  could  transmit 
to  Mr.  Bee  whom  X  spent  the  evening  with  at  the  V/aldorf. 

I  went  over  several  matters  with  nim  with  the  understanding 
he  would  transmit  them  to  you  for  further  thought  and  con¬ 
sideration.  I  would  like  to  hear  from  you  what  your  views  are 
regarding  the  future. 

I  am  also  interested  in  learning  if  you  have 
enlarged  your  plant  so  that  your  output  is  going  to  be 

We  toured  1500  miles  all  told  and  had  an 
enjoyable  trip.  Met  lots  of  people  that  I  had  not  seenfor 
many  years. 


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July  25th,  1912 

Mr,  ESI  son:-’ 


Forging  for  the  Series-Shunt  Field  lias  been 
received,  and  lulir  is  working  on  it.  We  have  a  complete 
armature  all  ready  to  run  for  this,  also  brush  holders 
r’<t-nrf  hearings,  hut  we  have  to  make  end  brackets  to  fit  the 
large  field  forging,  and  these  viV 1  he  ready  hy  the  time 

the  forging  is  machined. 



Heavy  strip  copper  fields  hove  been  made 
and  are  being  connected  up  for  this  motor,  and  expect 
to  get  it  running  with  the  above  change  and  the  heavy 
loads  tomorrow. 

Will  start  on  the  controllers  just  as  soon 
as  we  get  the  next  tests,  so  that  we  will  know  what  ourrentB 
and  number  of  stops  we  will  have  to  provide  for. 

With  6  calls  of  1  4  connected  to  motor  with  very  short  leaSe^to 
reduce  loss  in  line*  .u'V 


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yired  engine  over  twenty  times  above  average  of  input. 

Motor  stalls  on  about  100  ampB  with  short  leads  to  Battery. 

NOTE:  The  Engine  starts  on  40  to  46  amp.  two  or  three 

and  then  willr squire  56  to  75  to  start  showing  varying  friction  or  oom 

pression  .requiring  more  power  at  some  tinier,  to  start. 

(With  above  arrangements  motor  started  engine  over  twenty  times  with 
out  failhre.^^  ^  notor  not  loes  than  6  volts,  amperes  input  not  over  76 

amP8‘  From  thiB  test  it  appears  that  the  motor  will  angihe 

every  time  if  the  voltage  in  motor  trawls  is  not  Isbb  than  6  volts. 

fiTTAKflTTO  3  B-4  CELLS. 

ran  YOKES.  MP3.  arBBU..,. 

7.6  20  1680 

WOTE:  CHarging  speed  can  be  reduced  to  1800  to  1400  increase  in 
shunt  fieia  ttrength.if  necessary. 

(16  Tooth  Sprocket  on  motor.) 

This  motor  is  having  leadB  fixed  up  and  windings  waterproofed, 
then  will  be  mounts^  ^  oooasional  heavy  current  required  for  a  stiff 
Engine.takingJO  amps.^or  bV oSlfs? 

Battery  to  motor  and  make  tests  with  else  B  6 

Dear  Bir;- 

I  presume  that  you  know  that  lillwd  has  teen 

up  Btruck  our  City  yesterday,  and  Towson 
ran  into  him,  and  he  had  a  S°°d  de*1  ^  storing 
the  wonderful  new  battery  tnat  he  was  going  sP£ate 
on  the  Amerlcane,  and  he  hftd  a  ^  nnd 

”  S’&l?  art'll  .~4  i»  »«*“■ 

s^sssiibJs^s;  jk.  »» *» «-« p*p-» 

hov/  he  found  this  wonderful  battery. 

Yours  truly, 

anperson  electric  CAR  09. 




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Orange,  H.J« 

Dear  Kr.  Edison j- 

1  f*  the°  27  tlienS  on  d^no  t  e**  tha^y  ou  *  ar  e  - 

a  j&i:  inaiATii «*0g“r^t2*bSn  s. 

^-Avorlc  some  myse^;p™£r™  times  the  rest  you  do.  I 

showe  d^y  ou  r^  1  e  1 1  e  r  to  a  geat  ^ir-  odours  at  * 

n .  sr 

i  $  would  not  continue  t0  *  ^re  considerably  differ- 

■  ^  t  =?  ^.l«- 

,0“  x  »*. « rt  “\r«u.":r»s«o"“' 

tion,  and  take  recall  experimenting  and  hoping 

your  time.  You -^^Charping  Set,  please  advise  if 
to  develop  a  Hotary  articular  apparatus  have 

your  experiments  on  th  JP.  later  you  mentioned 
been  abandoned.  S** ri°cSle,  as  I  remember  it, 
an  approved  reat^i-aa-B-^^P  nice  t0  know  what 

and  spoke  Hopeful  of  it.  1  -wouxu 

has  become  of  that. 

,  t  irj.i  carB  as  1  have 

-y  The  charging  iB’the  bigest 

always  told  you,  in  tne  ^1with.  On’  account  of  the 
handicap  we  have  to  thev  are  not  reliable.  If 

cost,  and  the  fact  that  they  charging  apparatus 

we  had  a  f75.00  absolutely  fool  VTO  one  thouB,nd 

when  completed,  and  what  new. singer 

We  a: 
Monnot  tomorrow. 

The^outlook  for' business  !«t  year 

Hr.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  President - #2. 

on  the  eUctrio  looks  very  good  ua* 

to  increase  our  output  considerably,  if  the  Exide 

M  s  s^ssr*  ■SJftivs'.su 

oars,  including  the  Anderson. 

Oh  another  thing  permit  me  to  ask  y°u> 

How  about  Teddy  Roosevelt?  You  know  *  0trong  for 
Teddy,  and  every  business  man  I  meet  thinKs  i  am 
crazv.  I  am  for  the  compensation  act,  and  almost 
every  plank  in  his  platform,  especially  the  women; 
jT wants  them  to  vote,  and  so  do  I.  He  wants  the  . 
judicial  decision  recalled,  and  so  do  I. 

It  would  do  a  lot  of  good  if  you  would  write 
me  a  letter,  a  little  about  the  electric  car,  and  about 
your  battery,  and  then  wind  up  w“h  thing^* 

I  am  willing  to  put  up  my  money  to  help  this  thing 
along,  and  if  you  think  you  would  like  to  write  such 
a  letter,  let  me  hear  from  you. 

/  Yours  truly,. 


Harold  Cooke 

Agent  for 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq. 
Edison  Storage  Battery  Co., 

y  «r.iA.aO-t  .{4'  l  J- C'-  -J 

^  ^  ^fZioj£(r 

^  13 60c<: 

The  Hupp  Yeats  agent  states  that  some  friend  of  his  wrote  you  i\ 

personally  as  to  whether  you  guaranteed  tlie  Edison  Battery  and  you  replied  _ 

you  did  not.  {■ 

I  have  bet  Die  Hu:i:>  Yeats  man  *100.  that  this  Is  not  true.  ___ 

In  support  of  my  contention  I  have  coiiy  of  your  letter  of  the  14th  October  ‘ 
1911  to  the  Anderson  Electric  Car  Co,  tuier  your  own  signature,  In  which  you  V 
agree  to  sell  them  the  proportion  of  your  batteries  you  have  r  served  for  -4  — , 
1913  pleasure  vehicles  and  in  which  you  state  "we  guarantee  the  bnttery  c_j 
for  four  years  will  be  capable  of  developing  its  rated  capacity"  Tills  — y~ 

I  assume  applies  to  1913  Detroit  cars. 


The  Hupp  Yeats  nan  contends  that  the  Anderson  people  guarantee., 
your  battery  on  their  own  responsibility  and  that  any  other  electric  «P>“ 
vehicle  manufacturer  could  do  the  same,  only  they  dont  recommend  your  j- 

battery  and  wouldnt  take  the  chance.  He  also  states  that  he  can  get _ g 

all  the  Edison  batteries  he  likes  direct  from  the  Edison  factory. 

Vfould  yoi 
stating  whetlier  or  nt 
and'  If  so  Whether  to  the  .Anderson  Electric  Car  Co 

>e  so  kind  as  to  write  me  a  letter,  over  your  ovm  slgnatur< 
you  guarantee  Edison  Batteries  in  1913  DETROIT  ELECTRIC.^ 
e  purcliaser  direct?’  ■' 

I  am  sorr'y  to  ask  you  to  go  to  this  trouble  but  the  Hupp  Yeats  -... 
man  lias  made  it  a  condition  that  the  bet  can  only  be  decided  by  you,  for  the. 
reason  that  he  is  putting  up  his  money  on  information  a  friend  of  his  got  ■’"t 
from  you  liersonally. 

I^E'WlOM'lj^EG'gllGi  fe  (Q.v 

,,  ,oo*  GJ  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Pres.  CVwcJ*!  I  ,?#>  ^ 

Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.  \v  v’**  ^fu.  6  |^r 1  -/ 

Orange,  N.  J.  .  V  i»>cL  ,tefM  J? 

i,y  doar  :;r- Mi3on:-  ^  G *j?  $ 

X  am  writing  to  anlc  that  you^rite  a  peroofea  ft-  jJtfi 
letter  to  Mr.  i7.  K,  Bixoy,  Century  Bldg.,  St.  Louis ,  Rooe^jto^  .  rf**  j 
of  tho  Wabash  Railroad  Company,  President  of  many  othor  concornq9''tf\  tr’  \  'fi 
and  financial  institutions  and  St.  Louis's  first  citizen,  giving  JL^Aa  X  '  . » 

him  your  personal  assurances  about  tho,vEdison  Battory  in  the  /(J  »  JT 

Detroit  Electric.'5-  ,  vl*6' 

It  is  my  good  fortune  to  be  able  to  say  to  you  that**'*'. 
out  of  seven  191S  Detroit  Electric  Cars  that  I  havo  sold Jftsf  it?* 

St.  Louis  in  tho  last  month,  3ix  wore  equipped  with  USA  sMflaitoryT  *|  l r 

and  one  with  load  battery.  Tills  one  load  battory  oar /?as' eo^"  /  •  */* 

only  because  of  the  inability  of  tho  purchaser  to  pay  tho\_prico  4  yo)‘ ,,  V 

of  tho  Edison  Battery,  much  to  hor  rogrot.  J  n*-  jr 

Sri  V  JT& 

The  sale  of  ono  of  our  cars  to  Mr.  Bixby  wilFfcot  ^  SW 
only  moan  a  victory  for  tho  Detroit  Electric  and  Edison  Batteryff  j/iT  \ 
but  also  tho  good  will  of  a  man  whoso  intorests  in  tho  Uitttai'-'St^tofcCt?'  ^ 

are  widely  spread  and  whoso  influence  moans  a  great  deal  \\  V  j "  pt 

whom  he  might  favor.  Ji  lL$'  Jfr  r 

:ial  appreciation  if  ycM  u  ft/"  -  f 

Draft  #8  Hot. £2,1912. 

!  entered  Into  thla  . 

of . . . 1918,  between  the  1 

BATTERY  COMPANY,  a  Hew  Jersey  Corporation,  and  THE  GENERAL 
VEHICIE  COMPANY,  INC.  a  New  York  Corporation;  hereinafter 

referred  to  as  the  Battery  Company  and  the  Vehiole  Company, 

•  1 ft)  ‘  v.. 

reapeotively.  .  ' 


KHEREAS,  The  Vehicle  Company  ia  deBirona  of  stim¬ 
ulating  the  sales  of  its  vehicles  to  users  by  arranging 
with  Eleotrio  Central  Stations,  and  others,  to  buy,  maintain 
and  supply  ourrent  from  storage  batteries  manufactured  by 
the  Battery  Company,  to  the  end  that  the  purohaBers  of  the 
vehioles  a an  be  relieved  of  the  neoessity  of  making  the 
investment  in  batteries,  or  providing  faoilities  for  charg¬ 
ing  and  maintaining  such  batteries,  and 

WHEREAS,  This  method  of  oarrying  on  the  buBinesB 
shall  be  known  as  the  "BATTERY  SERVICE  SYSTEM." 

Now,  it  is  agreed  as  follows 

1,  The  Vehicle  Company  agrees  to  build  its 
vehioles  for  this  speoial  "BATTERY  SERVICE  SYSTEM"  in  suoh 
a  manner  that  the  batterieB  used  therein  shall  be  at  all 
times  easy  of  access,  for  the  purpose  of  filling  with 
water  and  cleaning,  and  also  not  subjeot  to  being  covered 
with  extraneous  matter,  and  so  that  the  battery  unite  will 
not  be  subjected  to  exoessive  handling,  whioh  would  oause 
any  injury,  shortening  the  life  of  the  battery. 



2.  The  Battery  Company  agrees  that  it  will  fur- 

nish  to  the  Vehiole  Company  aa  many  batteries  aB  it  may 
require  during  the  next  six  years  from  the  date  hereof, 
for  use  on  the  "BATTERY  SERVICE  SYSTEM"  and  that  the  prioe 
of  the  batteries,  for  the  "BATTERY  SERVICE  SYSTEM"  to  the 
Vehiole  Company  shall  be  list,  with  a  discount  of  at  least 
twenty  per  oent.  but  in  any  event  not  higher  than  at  pre¬ 
sent;  and  agrees  that  the  diwoount  shall  be  ten  per  oent, 
greater  than  it  generally  sellB  batterieB  to  Central  Sta¬ 
tions,  Power  Companies  or  Garages  for  other  uses  than 

But  the  Battery  Company  may  refuse  to  sell  on 
above  terms  if  the  Vehiole  Company  interfere  with  the  Bat¬ 
tery  Company's  business  by  selling  said  batteries  at  a 
greater  disoount  than  fifteen  per  oent.  from  the  Battery 
Company's  list  prioe. 

The  Guaranteed  life  of  any  battery  to  be  sold 
as  herein  contemplated,  shall  be  governed  by  the  terms 
of  thi  guarantee ^ 

<W/^  &**f*+~  ,  ecj 

,  the  parties  hereto mave  i 

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nr  witness 

speotively  caused  these  presents  to  be  executed  and  their 
respective  oorporate  seals  to  be  hereunto  attaohed  by  c 

their  proper  offioers  thereunto  duly  authorized.  / 

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nish  to  the  Vehicle  Company  as  many  batteries  as  it  may  require 
during  the  nest  six  years  from  the  date  hereof,  for  use  on  the 
"BATTERY  SERVICE  SYSTEM"  and  that  the  price  of  the  batteries, 
for  the  "BATTERY  SERVICE  SYSTEM"  to  the  Vehicle  Company  shall 
be  list,  with  a  disoount  of  at  least  twenty  per  cent,  but  in  any 
event  not  higher  than  at  present;  and  agrees  that  the  disoount 
shall  be  t.en  per  cent  greater  than  it  generally  sells  batteries 
to  Central  Stations,  Power  Companies  or  Garage  for  other  uses 

But  the  Battery  Company  may  refuse  to  sell  on  above  terms 
if  the  Vehicle  C0mpany  interfere  with  the  Battery  Company's 
business  by  selling  said  batteries  at  a  greater  disoount  than 
“-fifteen  per  cent  from  the  Battery  Company's  list  prioe. 

The  Guaranteed  life  of  any  battery  to  be  sold  as  herein 
^contemplated,  shall  be  governed  by  the  terms  of  the  regular  j 

!  printed  guarantee  of  the  Battery  Company,  copy  of  which  is  hereto  j 
annexed  marked  Schedule  B.  -  It  being  understood  and  agreed  that 
at  any  time  within  one  year  after  the  termination  of  the  guaranteed 
period  of  any  coll  or  cells,  the  Battery  Company  will  replace  the 
positive  plates  of  such  cell  or  cells  at  fifty  per  cent  of  the 
list  price  thereof. 

IH  WITHES S  '"HEREOF ,  the  parties  hereto  have  respectively 
caused  these  presents  to  be  executed  and  their  respective 
corporate  seals  to  be  hereunto  attached  by  their  proper  officers 
thereunto  duly  authorized.  ! 


;j  Witness:  by 



1.  Person  buys  a  oar  equipped  with  Ironclads.  When  request¬ 
ing  guarantee,  finds  car  not  "approved." 

2.  Person  buys  approved  car,  and  specifies  his  favorite 
make  of  tires.  Discovers,  after  receiving  car  and  requesting 
guarantee,  tires  of  not  "approved"  make. 

3.  Person  buys  "approved"  car  with  "approved"  tires. 

Gets  blow-out  in  country.  Can  buy  another  make  of  tire  fron 
Local  Garage,  but  no  "approved"  tire.  Must  wait  until  one  comes 
from  factory. 

4.  If  car  and  battery,  or  battery  alone,  has  reposed 
in  a  "lost"  freight  car  or  local  auto  dealers  place  over  60 
days  from  date  of  shipment  from  .Electric  Storage  Battery 
Company  Factory,  no  guarantee  to  purchaser  if  requested  then. 

5.  If  battery  has  even  been  in  ERide  Depot  over  60 
days  from  shipment  from  Factory,  no  guarantee. 

6.  "Upon  request"  indicates  company  is  afraid  cl’  battery. 
Otherwise  guarantee  would,  obtain  as  it  does  in  tires. 

7.  The  "60  day"  clause  seems  a  gamble  on  60  days  of 
ignorance  of  purchaser  before  he  find3  out  a  guarantee  can  be 

8.  If  man  owns  two  cars  of  identical  make,  he  cannot 
take  Ironclad  from  one  car  and  pui  in  another,  because  serial 
number  of  cars  are  different. 

9 •  The  connections  between  cells  of  these  Ironclads 
corrode,  as  evidenced  by  experience  with  them  by  users.  Who 
renews  these  connectors? 

10. '  Wood  separators  last  only  eighteen  months  maximum 
in  lead-sulphuric  acid  cells.  Who  pays  for  putting  new  sep¬ 
arators  in?  This  entails  dismantling  cells  and  re-burning  them. 

11.  Hard  rubber  jars  are  notoriously  weak.  Full  of  blew 
holes,  etc.  What  about  cells  that  leak  solution  out  while 
charged,  and  thereby  injured?  Who  pays  this? 

12.,  If  you  buy,  say,  a  $50.00  tire,  guaranteed.  3500  miles, 
and  return  it  to  factory  or  agency  at,  say,  2000  ir.iles,  with 
desire  to  exchange  toward  new  tire,  because  of  worn  indication 
or  blcw-out  from  flaw  in  construction,  you  are  credited  with 
1500  miles,  and  charged  with  2000  miles.  For  §21.4-4  you  get  a 
new  tire. 

13.  You  buy  set  of  Ironclads  for,  say,  $600,00,  No 
capacity  per  charge  is  guaranteed  at  any  time.  Dells  may  drive 
car  only  five  miles  per  charge.  Not  "worn  out"  until  they 
refuse  to  drive  car  an  inch.  As  long  as  you  can  get  a  fraction 
of  an  inch  per  charge,  it  is  up  tc  you  to  keep  charging  and 

14.  V/hen  battery  is  at  last  "worn  out"  it  costs  money 
to  burn  apart.,  empty  solution  out,  pack  for  shipment,  and 
pay  freight.. 

15.  Meanwhile,  no  maximum  time  for  adjusting  is  stipulated, 
and  the  company  can  take  the  remainder  cf  the  three  years  to 
consider  the  matter . 

16.  If  you  wish  to  exchange  your  Ironclad  toward  a 
straight  Exide ,  no  provision  made  for  credit. 

17.  20,000  miles  js  at  rate  of  IB  wiles  per  day  for 

1095  days.  The  average  of  an  electric  pleasure  car  is  4B00  miles 
j!  per  annum,  or  13  miles  per  day.  Therefore,  a  pleasure  car  will 
;j  not  gc  over  14,235  miles  in  three  years,  as  a  rule.  300  cycles 
;j  is  supposed  to  be  the  life  of  a  lead  cell.  Therefore,  only 
average  of  47  miles  Per  charge.  This  shows  they  expect  cells 

I  to  lose  capacity. 

18.  It  is  therefore  apparent  that  all  adjustments  will  be 
i  done  on  "time"  basis. 

19.  Nothing  is  said  about  guarantee  being  based  on 
|  directions  being  lived  up  to  by  the  purchaser. 

j|  20.  This  would  seem  tc  indicate  putchaser  can  abuse  cells 

|  all  he  desires.  A  "worn  out"  battery  will  entitle  him  to  get  a 


||  new  one  -  by  paying  more  money. 





10  A.M.  26°  26  0 
10.30  A.  K.  36°  32° 
11.  A.  M.  41°  38° 
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30  0 


Hote  that  this  machine  should:  not  he  run  oon- 
tinuoualy  on  more  then  full  load.  It  oarried  the  50jS  overload 
without  any  particular  difficulty  from  sparking,  end  would 
probably  carry  this  overload  on  intermittent,  duty  without,  serious 



Edison  General  File  Series 

1912  Battery,  Storage  -  Federal  Storage  Battery  Car  Company 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
the  design,  manufacture,  and  commercial  promotion  of  battery-powered 
streetcars  produced  by  the  Federal  Storage  Battery  Car  Co.  Included  is 
correspondence  with  Frederick  J.  Usman  concerning  his  marketing  rights  in 
the  United  States  and  Canada.  Also  included  are  letters  from  Charles  H. 
Coffin  of  the  General  Electric  Co.  regarding  a  proposed  meeting  between 
Edison  and  German  metallurgist  Ferdinand  Heberlein.  Other  correspondents 
for  1912  include  Ralph  H.  Beach,  president  of  the  company,  LeRoy  Scott, 
sales  manager,  and  Edison’s  personal  representative,  Miller  Reese 

All  of  the  documents  have  been  selected  except  duplicates. 



SILVER  LAKE.  NEW  JERSEY  January  20,  1912. 

Mr.  Thomaa  A.  Edison,  ,;  i 

Orange,  H.  J.  -»  • 

Bear  Mr.  Edison: 

The  enclosed  olippine  does  not  refer  to  our  oar. 
Yours  very 




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January  23,  1912. 

Mr.  Edison, - 

Mr,  Beach  has  offered  me  a  commission  of  ten 
percent  on  the  price  of  Beach  Cars,  minus  Batteries,  which 
I  am  instrumental  in  selling. 

I  would,  of  course,  endeavor  to  sell  as  many  of 
these  cars  as  possible,  to  help  out  the  Battery  situation, 
But  have  you  any  objection  to  my  accepting  this  commission 
of  ten  percent? 

I  have  Been  working  pretty  hard-  for  about  a  year 
aad  one-half  now  on  the  Basis  of  all  outgo,  and  no  income, 
and  while  X  am  perfectly  willing  to  wait  for  my  proceeds 
from  Battery  sales  for  Government  purposes,  I  would  like 
to  pick  up  a  few  dollars  on  Beacfc  Car  commissions,  if  you 
have  no  objections. 

Mr.  Uharlea  .Edison, 

6  Louisburg  Square 
Boston ,  itaBBi 

Before  mailing  the  letter  to 
Underwood  the  other  day,  I  talked  with  Seach, 
hore  at  the  laboratory,  wno  tells  me  he  has 
data  showing  schedule,  receipts,  expense  or 
operating,  etc,  of  the  car  that  was  run  on 
the  hatchling  Branch  for  several  montha  las. 
year.  X  therefore  decided  that  it  would  he 
better  to  go  over  this  matter  intelligently , 
before  approaching  Underwood,  so  have  held  up 
my  letter,  pending  receipt  of  this  data  from 
Beach.  He  promised  to  send  it  over  to  me  today 
I  will  go  over  it  thoroughly,  and  drop  you  a 
note  on  the  subject. 


lehruary  1,  1912. 
Riot.  Jan.  31,  1912. 

Mr.  Uhackles  Edison, 

6  Louiehurg  Square , 
Boston,  Mass. 

My  dear  Uharles,- 

That  North  Jlewark-Paterson  Branch  prop¬ 
osition  sounds  good  to  me.  I  think  it  is  a  better  game 
than  the  West  Orange- Pores t  Hill  Branch,  because  of  the 
congestion  of  freight  on  this  latter  road. 

I  am  going  to  milk  Beach  dry  on  data,  and 
%  communicate  with  several  of  the  operating  companies  that 

are  purchasing  Beach  Oars  in  this  vicinity. 

having  determined  the  length  of  the  run, 
maximum  number  of- alighting-  (fad-  taking  On  strops,  cost  for 
current,  etc.,  etc.,  I  will  then  communicate  with  you. 

■  :  •  .  I  donOt-thlnk-  it  would  ; be  a -wise  plan  to 

approach  Onderwoad  in  th>e  flatter,  until',  we  have  determined 
the  physical  conditions  and  pesoible  sarnlng  capacity  of  a 
car  on  '-thie  Branch.  There  is  no  doubt  but  that  we  will 
have  to  pajr  *  rental  for  the  privilege,  and  thin'  will  have 
tob»  fi gt«red  lb  rouraper»t  trig  expense.  So,'  until'  we  have 
determined  Just  what  the  .physical  conditions  are,  we  can¬ 
not  arrive  at  any  conclusion . 

AssTuming  that  the  proposition- -is  suffic¬ 
iently  enticing,  we  can  incorporate  a  little1  company ,  , 
between  us,  and  borrow1  ns  much' money  on  the  oar  and  privil-  ' 
ege  as  we  can,  the  maximum  amount  sufficient  to  purchase 
thC  car/ -and iprCrlde' working  caultal.  By  having  the  little 
cottp^nj^%s  limit  bur  personal  obltgat4oiW  ln:  th»-wvent  of 
injury  :to  the  passengers  by  accident  <nr  otherwise*  ‘Oper-^ 
ating  a  street  car  is  too  hazardous  an  undertaking  for  ue 
to  conduct  on  a  partnership  basis,  because  we  would  each 
be  personally  liable  to  the  extent  of  a  good  many  thousands 
of  dollars  in  the  event  of  an  accident. 

I  am  going  after  this  thing  in  earnest,  be¬ 
cause  I  think  if  we  are  successful  with  this  one  car,  we 


<5an»  the  course  of  the  next  two  or  three  years,  build 
up  quite  a  substantial  operating:  company,  and  take  In 
:other  branch  roads. 

I  an  rery  sanguine  of  the  future  of  the,  car, 
and  am  satisfied  if  we  get  into  the  game  an*  study  it 
properly,  we  will  be  able  to  build  up  a  successful  bus¬ 
iness  . 

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7  it  thie  North  Newark  Jiewatrk  Btah'ch  prop¬ 
osition  goes  properly,  it  Ought  to  be  in  shape  for  you 
to  take  hold  of  when  you  come  hone  from  college  this 
Summer.  . 

bet  me  hear  from  you  often  with  any: 
suggestions  that,  happen  .to  coiae  to  you,:  and  x  wm  :do 

With  best  regards,  X  remain,  1 

/ours  sincerely. 



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February  7 ,  1912 . 

Mr.  R.  H.  Poach ,  Bros if ant, 

Federal  8 torn#*  Battery  Oar  Oo., 

Silver  Lake,  M.  .1, 

Bear  Ralph, - 

I  hare  not  as  yet  racelved  reply 
to  the  letter  sent  you  from  t ha  Railroad  in 
tho  v*SKt,  which  contemplates  extending  the 
line  f if taw  miles,  and  using  Beach  Cars. 

You  ^epienibe’*  that  you  we^e  going  to 
write  me  precisely  what  to  -write  to  these 
people,  and  as  it  has  been  a  week  or  ten  days 
since  I  sent  the  letter  over  to  yon,  I  will' be 
greatly  obliged  for  a  reply, 

I  wish  you  would  sent  r.  competent 
nan  over  to  Mr .  flushing,  C/o  Millet  Roe  and 
Hagen,  Bankers,  of  New  York,  so  that  he  can- 
take  up  the  natter  of  explaining  the  Beach  Car 
to  itr  ■  Cushing .  I  have  been  tipped  off  by  tho 
vice-president  of  one  of  the  Trust  Companies 
that  this  concern  is  financing  a  road  in 
•which  they  are  going  to  use  none  form  of  power 
ether  than  tho  istm-dard  over-head  electric 
system.  1  think  there  is  a  chance  to  get  in 
there,  and  do  some  good  work. 

You  might  mention  that  Mr.  Ross  of 
the  Commercial  Trust  Cempanv,  Jersey  Citv, 

N.  J.,  has  suggested  that  you  take  up  the 
matter  with  them. 

Yours  sincerely, 

Mr.  John  C.  Curtis, 
Huntington,  Ind. 

Sear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  request^ in  regard  to  the  operation  of  storage 
battery  oars  driven  with  my  batteries,  I  bog  to  say  that  the  experience 
in  a  number  of  cases  has  clearly  shown  that  these  oars  are  pract  ical  and 
are  cheaper  to  operate  than  the  standard  trolley  oar.  They  are  in  operation 
in  a  number  of  cities  and  towns  throughout  this  country  and  have  proven 
themselves  to  be  efficient,  reliable  and  preferable  to  the  trolley  car. 

You  can  easily  satisfy  yourself  on  this  point  by  communicating  with  ary 
or  all  of  the  people  who  have  these  cars  in  service. 

Yours  truly, 


Power  Plant  180,000  K.W.  §13,500,000 

Sub-stations,  transmission  lines, 
distribution,  third  rail,  track  bonding,  eto.  35,000,000 

400  motor  oars,  equipped  with  400  H.P. 
each  -  200  passenger  locomotives,  equipped 
with  2200  H.P.  each  -  500  freight  looomotiveB, 
equipped  with  1600  H.P.  each  42,000,000 

Changing  signals  8,000,000 

Total  -  exclusive  of  track  ~ 

ohanges  and  structural  ohanges  ($98,500,000 

The  amount  of  power  required  for  a  150  ton  motor  oar 
train  in  local  service  15  miles  distance,  in  50  minutes  -  2,250 
ton  miles  per  trip.  This  at  70  watts  per  ton  mile,  would  requirf 
per  train  per  trip,  157,500  Watt  Hours,  or  an  average  load  of  189 
K.W.  The  maximum  demand  per  train,  might  be  kept  down  to  about 

1,000  K.W. 

For  a  passenger  locomotive,  equipped  with  2,200  H.P. 
motors,  the  peat  load  would  be  about  3,000  K.W.  and  the  average 
power  would  be  about  1,500  X.W.,  which  in  the  oity  limits  might 
last  20  to  30  minutes. 

)  The  freight  looomotive  road  engines,  equipped  with  1,600 
H.P.,  would  require  maximum  powers  of  about  2,000  K.W.  at  peak 
loads,  and  average  about  1,200  K.W. 

-4  Swltohing  locomotives,  equipped  with  500  H.P.,  would 
require  maximum  powers  of  about  800  K.W. ,  and  average  probably 
260  K.W. 

If  the  power  for  the  entire  propulsion  of  all  trains 
within  the  oity,  including  motor  oarB,  passenger  trains,  freight 
trains  and  switching,  was  supplied  from  a  single  oentral  power 
plant,  the  maximum  load  would  probably  be  about  180,000.  K.W., 
as  stated  above,  and  the  maximum  output  for  one  hour,  would  pro¬ 
bably  be  about  160,000  K.W.H.,  as  stated  above,  and  the  average 
K.W.H.  for  three  hours  would  probably  be  about  135,000  K.W,  as 
already  stated. 

If  the  above  power  was  supplied  by  storage  batteries 
carried  on  the  trains,  it  is  probable  that  the  ratio  of  the  maxi¬ 
mum  power  (180,000  K.W.  as  above),  to  the  sum  of  all  of  the  maxi- 
mums  demanded  of  the  storage  batteries  during  the  same  hour,  would 
profratty  be  about  18#  to  24#,  and  that  during  this  hour  probably 
10#  to  20#  of  the  batteries  would  be  out  of  service,  due  to  idle 
trains,  or  batteries  beine  charged,  etc. 

Ho  allowanoe  is  made  In  the  above  power  bouse  loadB  for 

the  power  required  to  propel  the  batteries. 




SILVER  LAKE,  NEW^JERSEY  February  19,  19121“ 

;  ..V- 

llr.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  C  •  j  #  j 

orenee’iw*  \ 

Uy  dear  Sir.  Edison:  V,  AJr  (VK  C/® 

You  will  find  enoloseli^jiyrewith  th^draft  of  a  contract 
which  has  been  offered  to  us.  This  has  come  without  solicitation 
on  our  part.  .  It  is  such  an  unusual  contract  that  I  hesitated  a 
long  time  before  submitting  it  to  you.  I  am  certain  that  on  the 
part  of  the  bankers  it  is  not  a  quick  resolution,  but  is  the  result 
of  a  carefully  thought  out  plan  by  them.  I  wish  you  would  take 
time  to  read  and  digest  it  carefully. 

If  X  understand  the  contract  correctly,  it  meanB  an 
immediate  order  for  about  $100,000  worth  of  carB  and  about  $30,000 
or  $40,000  worth  of  batteries.  It  also  means  the  stamp  of  approval 
upon  our  cars  by  a  group  of  serious  Jewish  bankers.  It  moans  the 
enlisting  on  oiu-  side  of  the  men  who  in  fact  control  the  Third  Avenue 
Railway  Company  and  a  considerable  portion  of  all  roads  in  America. 

It  means  the  iranediate  setting  aside  by  them  at  least  $100,000  in 
money  to  be  used  in  selling  these  cars.  It  seems  reasonably  probable 
they  they  will  carry  out  the  contract  in  full,  which  if  done,  will 
take  all  and  probably  more  batteries  than  you  can  make  for  several 

On  the  other  hand  it  limitatUB-the  scope  of  our  work  in  a 

upon  the  hankers. 

After  you  think  it  over,  I  believe  it  will  he  clear  to  you 
that  we  will  pay  a  commission  of  7 and  5/5  at  different  intervals. 

That  this,  in  fact  is  all  we  do  pay.  If  we  have  to  finance  our  own 
orders,  which  we  da  now,  we  hove  to  pay  55?  to  the  hankers  and  it 
certainly  costs  us  something  to  sell  the  cars,  probably  another  5$ 
anyway.  By  this  contract  wa^DOth  for  the  first  three  yearB  for  7?f5 

and  after  that  for  5/5  and  at  no  t linear e  we  ever  hard  up  for  money. 

excellent  credit  aB  to  selling  0114  would  give  ub  a  standing  among  the 


him  up  os  carefully  sb  I  could  and  he  stands  very  high 
as  a  Jewish  hanker.  You  know  how  the  Jewish  holders  are.  They  are 
very  clannish,  and  it  is  quite  possible  that  J.isnian  through  his  friend 
Shiff ,  who  really  controls  the  Third  Avenue  Ry.  could  fcring  the  proper 
pressure  to  hear  on  the  present  management  to  fordb  the  lead  batteries 
off  the  road.  He  already  has  an  order  for  10  cars  for  the  Pennsylvania 

•Htir  theBa 

R.  R.  vcrf-  influence  of  this  mSn  is  very  strange.  X  suppose  it  comes 
from  their  money.  They  are  the  ultimate  buyer  of  securities.  At  any 
rate  they  buy  them  and  as  the  railroads  want  to  sell  them,  they  are  in 
an  excellent  xn*±±±±Bn  position  to  dictate  to  the  roads  what  kind  of 
apparatus  they  shall  use.  As  a  mattes  of  fact  they  do  dictate  to  them. 

I  have  wondered  why  Lisraan  wants  this  contract.  The  only 
answer  that  I  can  think  of  is  that  he  ’.nows  that  he  is  in  position  to 
dictate  to  the  roads  and  he  wants  to  make  a  profit  out  of  that  position 
which  this  contract  would  permit  him  to  do. 

He  is  very  anxious  to  close  it  up.  Came  over  to  see  me  yester¬ 
day  and  wanted  to  know  if  we  could  not  close  it  up  right  away  because 
he  was  ready  to  buy  a  road  and  give  us  an  order  for  15  cars  if  we  would 
close  up  with  him.  I  told  him  that  X  could  not  give  him  any  encourgge 

ment  whatever  but  that  I  would  submit  it  to  you.  Therefore ,  kindly 
at  your  oar  Host  convenience  go  over  thejfhing  and  let  me  know  how  you 
feel  about  it. 


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listed  February  1912- 

Lav/  Office  a  of 

1,1.  E.  HARBY 

#31  Hassau  Street 

Borough  of  Manhattan 
Hew  York  City 


A0HBSJO3HT,  entered  into  till  a  day  of 

February,  1912,  between  the  Federal  Storage  Buttery  Car 
Company,  a  corporation  orRnnizod  and  existing  under  the 
laws  of  the  3tate  of  Bow  York,  hereinuftoS  referred  to 
aa  the  "Manufacturer"  and  F.  J.  Lin  man  &  Company  of  the 
Borough  of  Manhattan,  Nov;  York  City,  a  copartnership, 
hereinafter  referred  to  as  the  "Bankers?.'-/  X  If  It  N  i>  B  u,  f  1 

WHB1U3A0  the  Manufacturer  in  now  guru  Rod  in 
!|  th0  manufacture  and  sale  of  self  propelled  cum  running 
|  on  rails  propelled  by  Kdison  Storage  Batteries,  and  pur- 
J  suant  to  tho  terms  of  an  nRreement,  a  oopy  of  which  is 
hereto  annexed,  marked  “A"  ant)  made  a  part  hereof,  has 
the  exclusive  license  to  equip  such  cars  with  the  Mdinon 
l  Storage  Batteries,  with  any  and  all  improvements  thereon 
||\r  thereto  which  have  been  heretofore  concoivod  or  adopted 
or  which  may  hereafter  be  dovinod  for  or  in  connection 
with  or  application  to  vehicles  propelled  upon  rails  on 
tho  American  continent 

V/HBHBAB,  in  furtherance  of  the  sale  of  ito 
product  the  Manufacturer  in  solicitous  of  entering  into 
a  contract  with  the  Bankers  to  vost  in  thorn  their  nominees 
or  assiRneoo,  for  a  period  of  five  (ii)  years  from  the 
date  hereof,  the  exclusive  riRht.  subject  to  the  limita-^^ 
sell  for  tho  Manufacturer  <mf  the  Acws-ioan 

tions  hereof, 

CW  (L  C 

Sentiment  all  such  ears  equipped  with  said  .-.di 


Batteries,  manufactured,  assembled  or  controlled  by  the 

That  in  connidornition  of  the  premises  and  the  sum  of  one 


dollar  by  each  of  tho  parties  to  the  other  in  hand  pnid, 
the  rooeiut  thereof  la  hereby  acknowledged,  and  of  tho 
immediate  purohaoe  of  sixteen  (16)  3ench-lMison  earn 
of  the  general  typo  now  being  made  whoso  soiling  orioo 
ie  about  :'S000 .  each  or  eight  of  the  large  care  of  the  tyoo  now  being  made  whoso  polling  price  is  about 
MO, 000.  each ,  tho  detain  of  which  will  be  duly  net  out  J 

in  specif ioationo  in  tho  unual  form,  the  nartion  hereto  | 

do  hereby  agree  an  follows:  j 

i|  TnXfSi—  The  Unnufaoturor  horoby  Riven  and 

Lgrnnto  unto  the  Bankers,  their  heirs,  ox^outore.  udminis- _ 
ij  tratorn  or  assigns.  for  and  during  the  period  of  five  (S) 
the  date  hereof,  the  exclusive  general  sulee 
j]  agency  for  the  to  acquire  from  the 

|  manufacturer,  sell  and  market  for  use  on  rails,  the 
i|  output  liars' of^e  factory  and  shops  of  the  Manufacture^ 
[j  us  successors  or  assigns  to  the  extent  hereinafter  pro- 
11  vidod.  or  any  other  oar,  controlled  by  the  !  anufaoturer 
'ij  carrying  Edison  Storage  Batteries  of  any  other  description. 

3S4COKD:—  The  said  cars  fully  equipped  and 
complete  shall  be  sold  and  may  bo  purchased  directly  by 
tho  Bankers  at  a  price  which  it  is  intended  shall  not 
exceed  the  actual  cost  of  production  plus  fifteen  per 
■  oont  thereof.  The  term«Cost  of  production"  shall  comprise 
cost  of  labor  and  material  that  enter  into  the  manufacture 
ancL_s^uipment  of  said  cars,  operating  expenses  and  ex- 
■ — ponses  of  the  Manufacturer  that  fairly  have  to  do  directly 
*th  the  conduct  of  its  business  including  administration, 
reasonable  salaries  and  selling  expenses  (including  the 


amount  referred  to  in  Pur.  3  hereof);  us  it  is  oloar  that 
ouch  expenses  cannot  bo  definitely  fixed  in  ndvanca  it  is 
agreed  that  tho  parties  horoto  shall  on  tho  occasion  of 
orders  for  said  cars  bein«  placed,  fix  tho  orioe  to  be 
charged  therafor?vjhich  they  will  endeavor  to  represent 
and  oovor  said  items  and  suid  price  then  arid  there  fixed 
|j  shall  bo  final  between  them  us  applied  to  the  particular 
j!  curs  tho  subject  thereof;  but  in  tho  ovont  of  either  of 
|!  the  parties  dlaanreeinR  as  to  what  is  a  fair  prioo  for 
;  said  care  or  ns  to  whether  tho  orioo  therefor  sought  to 
;|  bo  fixed  by  either  party  nt  any  one  time  to  be  applied 
j  to  any  particular  order  is  fair  and  proper  arid  in  acoord- 
!|  nnce  with  the  standard  or  measure  of  profit  above  set 
forth,  then  and  in  that  event  resort  will  bo  had  to  tho 
jj  books  of  the  Manufacturer  and  any  :uid  all  other  data  in 
l!  his  possession  for  tho  purposo  of  ascertaining  whether 
j|  the  prices  fixed  for  the  curs  aeoord  generally  to  the 
j  above  standard. 

THIRD:--  The  Manufacturer  covenants  and  Heroes 
to  p3y  the  Hankers  tho  follov/inR  coinmi-'sions  on  all  cars 
:  sold  by  the  Manufacturer  on  tho_  /mtertcan^-Oontinent  during 
the  period  thereof  and  during  the  life  of  this  contract 
or  the  term  within  which  this  contract  may  remain  in 
force  regardless  of  by  whom  the  same  may  bo  sold,  nnd 
expressly  covenants,  suarantees  and  nRroes  that  at  no 
time  during  the  period  hereof  or  the  life  of  this  contract 
shall  any  of  the  output  of  the  Manufacturer  which  is  the 
subject  of  this  contract  be  directly  or  indirootly  sold  or 


offered  for  sale  by  either  of  the  parties  hereto  in  said 
territory  at  a  price  lees  then  that  paid  by  the  Hanker 3 : 

On  all  ears  30ld  during  tho  first  throe  years 
of  the  life  of  this  contract,  thnt  is  to  say  the 
time  within  whioh  it  may  remain  in  force,  a  commission 
to  the  "Bankers"  of  seven  and  one-half  per  cent  (7-i^;.) 
of  tho  selling  priooj 

On  all  oars  sold  from  and  after  throe  years 
from  the  date  hereof  and  until  the  termination  of 
this  agreement,  a  commission  to  the  Bankers  of  five 
per  cent  (G'/J)  on  tho  selling  price. 

i  FOUHTH: _  The  Bankers  horoby  accopt  tho  exclusive 


l  selling  agency  vested  in  them  hereunder  and  agree  with  the 
!|  Manufacturer  to  olaoe  the  follov/inij  orders  during  the 
period  of  .this'eontrnct,  except  as  hereinafter  otherwise 
j  provided,  for  cars  generally  knovm  as  the  small  cars 
|  -.hioh  now  sell  for  about  5S.OOO.  each,  subject  to  any 
I  changes  ns  to  construction  which  tho  Parties  may  agree  to: 

16  cars  nor  month  durir 

If  this  contract  be  ' 
for  cars  will  be  placed 

t  1912 
19  I'd 

:teadod  the  following  orders 
r  the  Bankers  as  a  considera¬ 

tion  for  such  extension: 

70  oars 

month  during  1917 
»  ->  1918 

»  «  1919 

lc0  «  «  “  1920 

100  "  during  each  and  every  month  for  the 

balance  of  tho  term  of  such  agreement. 

r  half  as  many  of  the  type  generally  km 
ar  whioh  now  sells  at  about  510,000  per 

jvvn  as  tho  large 



Any  orders  in  excess  of  tho  foregoing  ouotn 
placed  by  the  Bankers  in  any  one  or  more  months,  shall 
to  the  extent  of  tho  excess  be  credited  to  tho  obligations 
of  the  Bankers  during  the  succeeding  month  or  months. 

Nothing  heroin  shall  be  construed  to  prevent  the  I.r.nufac- 
turor  from  selling  such  cars  on  orders  received  from 
others  than  the  said  Bankers. 

The  .Manufacturer  covenants  and  agrees  to 
promptly  fill  nil  orders  pursuant  to  specifications  and 
the  special  agreements  made  ns  to  each  order  received 
from  or  through  the  Bankers  nnd  make  delivery  thereof 
7.0. B.  faotory  of  the  Manufacturer  within  ninety  (90) 
days  of  the  receipt  of  such  orders;  said  orders  will 
he  made  on  forms  comprising  the  terms  in  the  form  of 
contract  under  which  said  ears  are  now  sold  attached 
hereto  marked  n G 11  and  shall  provide  for  a  preliminary 
cash  payment  to  the  Manufacturer  of  at  least  twenty-five 
nor  cent  (25)5)  of  the  soiling  price  of  the  car  or  case 
and  equipment  therain  agreed  upon. 

The  Manufacturer  shall  be  obliged  under  the  terms 
hereof  to  accent  and  fill  only  such  orders  for  said  cars 
on  which  advances  of  the  selling  price  thereof  shall  bo 
made  by  tho  Bankers  to  the  Manufacturer  on  its  demand 
in  tho  following  amounts; 

1/3  of  the  selling  price  on  acceptance  of  ordor  or 
contract  of  sale 

l/6  thirty  days  after  date  of  said  order  or  contract 
of  sale 

l/C  sixty  dnys  after  date  of  said  order  or  oon<.rnct 
of  solo 

l/3  loss  Bankers'  commission  upon  presentation  of  bill 
of  lading  covering  shipment  of  the  oar  or  oars 
which  nre  the  subject  of  said  ordor  or  contract 
of  sale, 


provided  however  thnt  it  least  ten  (10)  days  before  the  ! 
expiration  of  the  -period  at  which  the  Manufacturer  :any 
require  an  advance,  it  Rive  to  the  Bankers  notice  that  j 

ouch  advance  io  required.  Said  advance  may  bo  nude  by  j 

oooninR  a  drawing  account  for  tho  I. anufucturer  with  tho 
i  firm  of  y.  J.  Li  Oman  &  Company  and  by  depositing  the 
amount  of  each  advance  somroquired  with  tho  firm  of 
F.  J.  Li cmnn  ft  Gomoany  in  Mow  York  City  in  ouch  account 
to  the  credit  of  the  Manufacturer  who  will  check  or  draw  j 
afjninst  snid  account  as  may  be  necessary  in  the  conduct 
ij  of  ito  business.  j 

I  ifl l?Tir :  —  If  default  be  made  by  tho  banker o  j 

I  and  continue  for  n  period  of  'sixty  (GO)  days,  in  plncinR 
ordere  with  tho  Manufacturer  for  tho  otinulnted  number  j 

I  of  care  for  the  year  1912  ao  nrovidod  herein,  or  if  in 
any  year  after  tho  year  1912  default  ahull  bo  made  by  the 
I  Bonkers  and  continue  for  a  period  of  ninety  (90)  days  in 
plnoinrc  orders  with  the  Manufacturer  for  tho  monthly  quota 
j  provided  to  bo  placed  durin-w  the  year  subsequent  to  1912, 

|  then  and  in  that  event  the  oxolueiva  riprhts  and  all  the 
■  privileges  hereby  "ranted  to  the  Bankers  under  tho  terns 
hereof  shall  be  suspended  for  a  period  of  3ix  (0)  months 
after  notice  to  thnt  effect  in  writing  from  the  Manufactures 
to  the  Bankers  and  during  such  period  of  suspension  the 
Bankers  shnll  not  receive  any  commission  on  cars  sold 
by  the  Manufacturer  but  he  shall  have  the  rifjht  to  continue 
to  sell  said  cars  and  shall  receive  on  such  cars  so  sold 
by  him  a  commission  of  five  per  cent  (5£)  on  the  selling 


price  thereof  find  all  orders  plaood  by  tim  shall  be 
I  promptly  filled  as  heretofore  provided.  IT  at  the  expira- 
i  tion  of  such  period  of  suspension  the  Bankers  shall  have 
sold  an  aggregate  number  of  cars  equal  to  that  required 
it  of  thorn  under  the  terms  of  this  contract,  they  shall  be 
ji  nt  once  reinvested  with  the  exclusive  selling  agenoy  for 
the  said  cars  for  the  balance  of  the  period  of  this 
I  agreement  and  their  full  rights  under  this  contract  shall 
;  bo  restored  to  them  as  though  said  default  had  not  taken 
place,  subject  however  to  nny  future  defaults  by  the 
i,  Bankers  in  tho  sailing  of  said  cars;  but  if  the  Hankers 
□hull  not  have  sold  such  Rr.avefsn.te  then  this  contract 
j  shall  thereupon  terminate  nt  the  option  of  the  Manufacturer. 
Buring  the  poriod  of  such  suspension,  however,  the  Manu¬ 
facturer  agrees  that  no  contract  shall  be  entered  into 
vesting  either  exclusive  or  general  selling  agoncy  in  any 
|  other  person,  firm  or  corporation,  and  that  it  will  not 
sell  any  of  its  oars  either  directly  or  indiroctly  ut  a 
|  price  substantially  und  materially  loss  than  those  pro¬ 
scribed  heroin.  It  is  understood  that  tho  cnpuoifcy  of 
tho  Manufacturer  may  exceed  the  ability  of  the  Bankers 
to  sell  and  accordingly  nothing  heroin  s’will  oe  construed 
to  prevent  the  i  anufacturor  from  selling  cars  un  to  its 
capacity  providod  the  terns  of  sals  herein  proscribed 
shall  not  be  unusual  amongst  makers  and  purchasers  of  strae'. 
and  railway  oars  and  the  Manufacturer  shall  not  attempt 
to  compete  with  tho  bankers  in  selling  said  cars  and  shall 
not  sell  them  at  a  lower  prioe. 


|  SIXTH:—  If  the  iinnufaoturer  should  at  any 

j|  time  arbitrarily  refuse  to  deliver  the  oars,  ordered  by 
|j  the  Bankers  within  t>io  time  hereinspocifiod,  the  obllga- 
|i  tiona  of  the  Sankara  to  place  the  monthly  orders  as  herein 
jj  provided  shall  abate  so  long  as  snirt  refusal  by  the  iian- 
!  ufacturor  shall  continue,  and  the  Manufacturer  shall  and 
j  will  roimburso  the  Bnnkers  to  the  extent  of  any  and  all 
|[  expenses  incurred  by  the  Bankers  in  securing  said  orders 
i  plus  the  commission  on  the  oare  which  form  the  subject 
rf  such  refusal  by  the  Manufacturer.  Hut  this  clause 
does  not  apply  to  a  failure  tommnko  such  deliveries  for 
!  reasons  not  under  the  reasonable  oontrol  or  ability  or 
j  within  the  oapaoity  of  the  plant  or  equipment  of  the 
|  Manufacturer. 

oHVBNTH : —  Payments  for  cars  ordered  unless 
jj  made  at  the  request  of  the  Manufacturer  as  heretofore 
provided  shall  be  made  to  the  Manufacturer  within  ten 
j  (10)  days  after  presentation  of  bills  of  lading,  deducting 
from  the  selling  price,  determined  as  hereinbefore  provided, 
i  Hankers  *  commission  and  any  other  advance  or  outlay  in* 

|j  currod  or  to  bo  incurred  by  the  Bankers  in  connection 
therewith  under  the  terms  hereof. 

3IQHTH:—  The  obligation  of  the  Hankers  ao 

herein  provided,  to  place  monthly  orders  for  car9,  shall 


be  waived  and  ?ikq  obligation  to  pay  for  car3  ordered 
shall  be  suspended  during  any  period  of  financial  or 
businese  depression,  crisis  or  stringency,  and  whenever 
the  existence  and  sontinuanoo  of  a  condition  warranting 



!i  3U0h  waiver  and  suepeneion  shall  bn  In  doubt  or  dispute 
(between  the  purtioo  hereto,  the  question  shall  bo 
I  arbitrated  by  the  appointment  by  each  party  hereto  of 
|  nn  arbitrator  bjnothbnll  be  an  officer  of  a  Trust  Company 
j  or  notional  Bank  situated  in  the  Borough  of  Manhattan, 

!  city  of  Mew  York.  If  the  two  arbitrators  eo  appointed 
ore  unable  to  a«ree,  they  shall  appoint  a  third  arbitrator, 
|  and  the  decision  of  a  majority  thereof  shall  be  bindin* 
and  conclusive  upon  the  question  submitted  and  na  to 
the  time  .hen  the  obligation  to  plaoe  orders  shall  be 
:  resumed  and  payment  shall  be  made  for  the  cure  thcroto- 
ij  fore  ordered,  and  the  Txrrtioe  hereto  do  hereby  a^ree  to 
and  with  each  other  to  abide  by  the  determination  of  the 
I  arbitrators  so  appointed. 


HIM'fH:  —  Any  and  all  literature  and  advertis- 
lnB  .ntt.r  r.qulr.d  W  «o  ■>«““"*  “  r“rt””  ""  “0l°1* 
tatlon  and  ,al«  «t  <"«  «•”  ’tal1  W  t“ 

■W.oturor  at  coot  an.  tb.  "»11  "”l’t 

tb.  dnnb.r.  in  .»w  w  no.aibla  .ItMn  tb.  »"a 

tbo  oanufaotnr.r  to  iatroduoo. 
i|  .front  tv,  .ala  of  .nab  onto.  Bno.ntlnB  tb,  bulldim,  of 
\  „„„  forni.binn  of  nnnnratno  and  doUv.rinn  -» 

!  oar.  or  onn>ratuo,  do.on.tration.  of  »W  oar.  and 

aoonratu,  «.U  b.  -d.  by  t».  »»afnotur.r  .itbnut  ox- 
„„„„  to  th,  Bnnb.ra,  but  .boll  M  obar»d  «Wt  "nd 
,b„ll  for.  on.  of  tb.  oxnonoo,  of  tbo  nunufootorln*  bu.l- 
to  >.  t.b.»  «to  o.n.ldor.tlon  in  M«  tbo  .not  of 

horolnobovo  »■>  «■>  fnnufaotur.r  -boll 

rin  oncb  on,.  *.«  -.1.  ••  =»«■  *“ 



r.nrt  running  of  said  cure  for  a  period  of  ninety  (90)  dnyo 
after  tho  said  oars  are  put  in  operation,  find  for  thin 
purpose  tv>o  Bankers  ore  hereby  authorized  and  ompoworod 
and  vested  with  full  authority  to  execute  in  bohalf  and 
in  the  name  of  the  :.lanu££cturor  a  Ruarantoo,  in  each  and 
evory  case  whoro  n  sale  in  wide  by  him  to  tho  extent 
herein  contemnlntod. 

TKHTU : --  The  Knnufacturer  further  covenants 
and  agrees  that  it  hns  the  full  and  unrestricted  ri  r-ht 
and  orivilefie  to  ftrant  unto  the  Bankers  the  exclusive 

rights  hereby  granted  and  that  it  will  not,  investor  the 
t\o/| 'luX*.  |ta.T<-'a*/Cysi.f  OwAM-et-H  "us  C..,w,£3CtT 
purposes  hereof,  prant  to  othors^durintf  the  life  of  this 

contract  the  rircht  to  manufacture,  assemble  or  deal  in, 
directly  or  indirectly,  said  oars  or  batteries,  and  it 
will  not  directly  or  indirectly,  fcrant  to  any  one^ny 
shop  rights,  licenses,  sub-licenses,  nri  vilcflos,-  riRoncios 
or  other  rights  under  its  aforesaid  lioeneo,  or  under  any 
other  license  or  patent  or  patents  affoctinn  said  type 

T"of '(batteries*  or  cars,  or  enter  into  any  contract  hhoreby 

•'  —-'S' 

the  exolusivc  agency  of  the  Banka  ra^tnay  or  will  be  in  any 
'if  manner  interfered  with,  diminished  or  lessened. 

Tho  Manufacturer  further  covenants  and  agrees 
that  it  will  at  its  own  expense  institute,  or  cause  to  bo 
instituted,  suit  by  injunction,  or  otherwise,  to  onforoe 
and  maintain  the  exclusive  rights  Rrantod  hereunder  to 
tho  Bankers,  and  will  pay  over  to  tho  Bankers  any  and  nil 
net  damages  recovered  by  it  in  sue)*  suit  or  suits,  or 
otherwise,  in  reimbursement  of  any  lossnor  darr.aRO  suffered 


by  the  Bunkers  by  reason  of  any  illegal  intorfiSconoo  with 
or  the  diminution  of  hie  sales  by  reason  thereof,  und  in 
nny  notion  or  notions  so  instituted  by  the  Manufacturer, 
the  Bankors  shall  have  the  right  to  bo  represented  by 
Counsel  of  their  own  selection. 

jJLiiVKMTH:--  The  Manufacturer  further  covenants 
/nn<i  Guarantee e\ th n t  the  Bankers  shall  riot  by  any  act  of 
I  tho^KSnuf ac turor  bo  disturbed  in  their  sales  of  said  enro 
it-hy  litigation  bused  upon  any  advorse  claims  under  patents 
j|  nffectin.-  said  cars  or  batteries,  or  both,  and  will,  at 
>wn  expense,  dofond  all  suits  or  proceedings  insti- 
|j  tuted  against  the  Bankers  or  their  customers  for  Jnfringe- 
ment  of  any  patent  by  the  use  or  sale  of  said  ours  or 
batteries,  provided  the  Bankers  or  their  customers  yivo 
j  to  the  Manufacturer  prompt  notice  in  writing  of  the  in- 
I  stitution  of  the  suit  or  proceeding  and  permit^  the 
|l  Manufacturer  to  defend  tho  sumo,  and  givo^all  needed 
I  information,  assistance  and  authority  to  onnblo  the 
I  Manufacturer  to  do  so. 

j.,-  TWiJWTH :  —  Upon  notice  in  writing  to  the  ikmu-v 

/j  facturer  six  (6)  months  prior  to  the  expiration  of  this 
I  j!  contract,  the  same  shall  be  renowed  and  extended  for  a 
further  period  of  five  (6)  years,  provided  that  at  the 
time  such  notice  is  served  tho  Bankero,  or  their  asoigns. 
shall  not  be  in  default  in  the  performance  of  their 
obligations  hereunder.  Such  renewal  shall  be  upon  tho 
same  terms,  conditions  provisions  and  privileges  herein 
provided,  excepting  that  during  such  renewal  period  the 



Banker,  shall  be  required  to  place  ordara  for  tho  number 
of  can  nor  month  an  provided  in  paragraph  ?OUUTH.$n  tho 
nruna  terms  tba  flankers  nhnll  be  entitled  to  furthar 
renewal*  of  five  yearn  each  except  thnt  the  monthly  ordara 
that  they  will  be  required  to  since  nhnll  ba  equivalent 
At  leant  to  thair  monthly  anion  during  n  neriod  of  five 
(f>)  yearn  prior  to  the  nervine  of  nuoh  notice  of  intontion 
to  renew. 

U'llIH'i'iCtiU'i’H:—  1‘urnuant  to  the  oblip?itionn  of 
j  the  Bankers  they  do  hereby  a*roo  aimul.tAneoualy 

|  with  the  execution  of  thin  contract  to  deliver  to  the 
I  Manufacturer  order*  for  nixtoan  (16)  of  the  ornnll  type 
|!  of  car  Whom*  manufactured  or  aifiht  (8)  of  the  lnrBe  c 
|j  310,000  typai^^^^ifioationn  hereto  attached 
,,Meh  ,hail  be  accredited  to  the  firnt  two  months  of  the 
I  term  of  thin  contract. 

VCUHTTJ-lli’i'li : _ Thin  agreement  shall  be  binding 

anuretto  the  benefit  of  the  Manufacturer,  itn 
,  and  n-niimh  end  to  the  Bankers,  their  Heirs, 

executory,  administrators 

■;  If  thin  oontraot  be  terminated  by 

|j  rennon  of  a  default  on  the  part  of  the  Bankers,  the  Uankcrn 
!|  may  however  continue  to  obtain  cam  at  the  contruot  plica 
I  provided  for  herein;  the  commission  provided  for  will  ba 
|  paid  but  only  on  the  earn  ordered  by  or  through  the  Bonkers 
inntead  of  on  the  entire  output  of  the  Manufacturer.  If 
however  the  flanker,  commit  no  default  with  respect  to  this 
I  agreement  the  commission  provided  for  herein  in  to  be  paid 



fl****.  (^Y  M  _ 

on  jthe  Manufacturer  whether  or  not  ir* 

oroduct  be  'sold  by  or  through  the  Hankers.  The  orders 
credited  to  the  Hankers  under  this  agreement  shall  not 
include  orders 
during  the  tors 

IM -bl\^ 

iot  obtained  through  or  from  than  although 
of  the  contract  they  rocoivo  a  commission 

UI.Vi'BBMTIi:—  The-awi s*»w~< 

>1fll  rfl1 

i  n>»e-onntf StWlT '^h'r-'thb~’^  . 

jH  v.Ti'HIJGS  Y/HUHHOI'  The  Manufacturer  has  caused 
this  agreement  to  be  signed  by  its  President  and  attested 
by  its  Secretary  pursuant  to  the  authority  of  it3  Joaid  of 
Directors,  and  the  Hankers  have  signed  and  affixed  their 
seal  the  day  and  year  first  above  written. 





S’.  J.  LI  DMAS  &  COUP AllY 



SILVER  LAKE.  NEW  JERSEY  Fab.  26,  1912. 

ilr.  li.  R.  Hutchinson, 

o/o  Kdison  Storuge  Battery  Company, 

Orange,  H,  J. 

Ify  dear  Hutchinson: 

February  27,  1912. 

Mr.  R.  H.  Beach, 

federal  Storage  Battery  Oar  Company, 
Silver  lake,  J. 

My  dear  Ralph, - 

I  have  your  letter  of  the  twenty-sixth 

instant . 

I  tlo  not  see  that  it  is  really  worthwhile 
attempting  to  do  anything  with  Beach  Cars  unless  I  can  get 
some  data,  and  have  ny  letters  answered  more  promptly. 

Notwithstanding  your  having  promised  me 
over  ten  days  ago  that  you  would  get  me  a  reply  to  the 
letter  from  the  man  in  the  'tfest. ,  v»ho  hue  written  me  sev¬ 
eral  times,  asking  for  a  reply  to  his  communication,  I 
have  not  received  a  word  from  you  on  the  subject. 

I  also  sent  down  3ovoral  sheets  sihich 
were  copied  from  the  blurred  sheet  furnished  me,  show¬ 
ing  the  number  of  Beach  Cars  in  operation,  and  where. 

The  sheet  you  furnished  wan  so  indistinct  that  I  did  not 
want  to  trust  to  having  read  it  correctly,  and  therefore 
forwarded  you  the  copies  X  had  made  for  verification.  I 
haven't  received  that  back  yet. 

I  wanted  to  use  this  data  in  some  of  the 
advertising  I  am  planning,  which  includes  twenty-nine 
weekly  publications.  Of  course,  if  you  don't  want  me  to 
do  it,  I  will  leave  it  out.  But  if  you  do  want  me  to  do 
it,  it  will  be  necessary  to  have  some  data  to  do  It  on. 

Yours  sincerely, 



statonont  of  oars  In  oporati  on,  in  courso  or  const  notion 
execution  of  contract.  Pr;c  pardon  tho  delai'. 

March  2,  1912. 

Mr.  Edison, - 

Something  is  the  matter  with  Beach.  About  a 
month  ago,  I  received  a  letter  from  a  prominent  rdilroad 
man  in  the  West,  asking  for  full  details,  prices,  etc.  of 
battery  cars.  They  anticipate  extending  their  railway 
fifteen  miles,  and  want  to  consider  Beaoh  Oars.  I  wrote, 
asking  for  details  as  to  grades,  etc.  Received  them  prompt¬ 
ly.  Took  the  whole  thing  down  to  Beach,  as  per  his  suggest¬ 
ion  over  the  telephone.  Notwithstanding  a  number  of  promises 
to  get  the  information  to  me  the  next  day,  I  am  still  with¬ 
out  it.  Meanwhile,  the  man  in  the  West  has  written  repeat¬ 
edly,  asking  for  some  information.  In  each  case  I  have 
called  up  Beach,  but  to  no  avail. 

I  have  a  letter  from  Monnot,  dated  Paris,  Feb¬ 
ruary  20th,  as  follows: 

"I  have  been  writing  several  times  to  Beach,  and 
have  had  no  answer.  I  don't  know  what  this  means,  as  iehhas 
promised  to  send  me  full  information  and  drawings  of  hiB 
storage  battery  cars,  so  that  I  might'  develop  business  here. 
I  was  to  pay  him  a  small  royalty  on  the  cars  built  here,  for 
the  information  supplied.  I  believe  he  has  some  other  scheme 
up  his  svelte.,  but  he  ought  to  let  me  know  frankly  what 
he  wants.  Yes  or  no  is  all  that  I  want.  I  can  have  the 
car  builders  here  develop  Edison  Storage  Battery  Oars,  but 
I  prefer  to  work  with  him,  as  it  would  have  moved  probably 

faster.  X  am  writing  him  today,  urging  him  to  give  me  an 
answer,  and  I  wish  you  would  find  out  what  is  the  matter 
with  him.  If  he  does  not  wish  to  work  with  me  as  agreed, 
all  well  and  good,  hut  I  must  know  it  as  soon  as  possible. 

I  would  like  to  have  all  the  data  possible  on  the  battery 
oars,  and  Mr.  .Edison  has  promised  to  let  me  have  a  duplicate 
of  the  book  on  same  that  Beach  had  prepared  for  him  when 
he  came  to  Europe,  and  which  he  left  with  Bergmann.  It  would 
he  useful  to  me  to  approach  the  street  tramway  and  railroad 
people.  There  is  a  scheme  here  to  electrify  the  suburban 
trams  of  the  great  railroads  here,  and  there  is  ahance  for 
getting  storage  battery  cars  in.  Bor  this  reason,  I  am  anxious 
to  get  all  the  data  available  with  photos  and  plans,  if 

I  suggest  that  you  write  Beach  a  letter  about 
Monnot,  and  ask  him  what  about  the  information  he  promised 
me  on  that  railroad  in  the  West.  Bo  not  send  this  memorandum. 


JiLirch  4,  1912. 

Mr .  LeHoy  Scott,  SUhb  Manager, 

.Federal  Storage  Battery  Car  Co,, 
Silver  Lake,  N •  J/ 

Bear  So6tt,- 

I  : 

i  yours  of  the  first  at  last. 

X  have  not- yet  received  reply  to  ray 
letter  ricking  for  details,  sixes  of  cars,  etc. 
to  meet  the  requirements  of  that  Western  road 
that  wants  tc  "build  fifteen  additional  miles, 
to  be  equipped  with  Beach  cars. 

Ur.  Edison  asked  me  yesterday  if  I 
had  heard  from  you  in  the  matter,  and  1  had  to 
reply  in  the  negative.  He  wanted  to  know  what  on 
.Barth  is  the  matter,  as  ha  is  naturally  interested 
in  seeing  this  road  put  through.  1  told  him  that 
I  had  ’written  a  number  of  letters  on  the  sub¬ 
ject,  but  have  no  reply  yet.  He  suggested  that 
I  write  you  again,  eta  ting  that  he  will  appre¬ 
ciate  it  very  much  if  you  will  get  we  an  immed¬ 
iate  reply to  ray  letters. 



Chief  engineer  to  Mr.  J5dis< 


March  11,  1912. 

Mr.  Cushing, 

o/o  Millet  Roe  and  Hagen,  Bankers , 
33  Wall  Street,  Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Sirs 

Mr.  Ross  of  the  Com  orolnl  Trust  Company  of  Jersey  City, 
too  suggested  that  wo  take  up  with  you  the  question  of  Beaoh-Kdisan 
oars  to  be  used  on  a  road  which  you  are  financing. 

Under  separate  cover  we  ore  sending  you  a  set  of  literatnre 
and  be  g  to  attach  hereto  a  data  sheot,  which  we  would  thank  you  to 
have  your  engineers  fill  in  as  much  as  possible. 

Also  beg  to  advise  that  the  writer  will  be  glad  to  call  on 
you  at  sufih  tire  and  place  as  you  may  name  to  explain  this  proposition 
to  you  in  detail.  However,  you  will  probably  find  a  visit  to  our 
factory  and  to  the  Edison  Laboratory  of  great  interest  and  this  is  to 
very  cordially  invito  you  to  favor  is  with  such  a  visit  accompanied 
if  possible  by  your  engineers,  at  which  timo  we  would  be  pleased  to 
have  you  exanine  our  method  of  production  and  operation,  both  of  the 
oars  and  batteries.  •  ■ 

We  beg  to  enclose  herewith  a  very  good  description  of  the 
Edison  Battery  in  comparison  in  traction  work  of  this  new  battery  with 
the  old  iype  of  lead  acid  battery.  We  are  at  your  service. 

fours  tr  nly, 

Sales  Manager. 

P.S.  Haqy  of  the  most  important  railroads  have  Beach  cotb  already  in 
operation  or  under  construction. 

Eno.  Bui.  15.  d/s 


Among  tho  orders  which  ha  has  given  t,n  us  are  two  oars  for 
□team  railroad,  service  for  demonstration  corn.  This  is  fine. 

He  mints  to  call  his  Company  the  Hdisc  n-3oach  Battery  Car  Co., 
or  the  Beach-Hdison  Battery  Car  Company,  either  one.  I  told  }jim  I  had  no 
authority  whatever  to  authorise  him  to  use  thin  name,  hut  that  Iwould  write 
to  you  aid  if  you  racmsd:  agreed, X  was  agroed.  X  explained  to  him  how  you  had 
always  objected  to  the  use  of  your  name ,  hut  that  X  thought  it  possible  in 
view  of  the  earnestness  with  which  he  tad  taken  ahold  of.  this  and  the  hi#i 
typo  of  men  who  were  interested  in  it,  and  that  it  was  not  a  stock-jobbing  soheme 
that  you  might  glye,  your  consent.  I  don't  think  Lisnan  wants  to  use  your 
name  for  any  other  reason  then  thiB.  These  oars  wi{Kout  any  effort  on  your 
part  of  nine,  I  believo,  have  become  known  alnoct  all  over  tho  world  as 
Edi son-Beach  cars  and  if  via  allow  this  proposed  Company  to  use  that  none  it  would 
be  of  material  advantage  to  than  in  identifying  them  with  tho  business.  I  w ish 
upon  receipt  of  this  letter  you  would  telegraph  ns  your  decision.  If  you  docide 
to  allow  Lisnan  to  use  the  name,  simply  telegraph  "Yes".  If  you  do  not,  tele¬ 
graph  "Ho" ,  and  I  will  understand  what  you  mean. 

1. A.3.  -3. 

Soma  of  it  in  dispute:  soma  of  it  for  rent. 

Hot/  as  a  natter  of  fact,  none  of  this  is  old,  except  the  Hew  Castle 
oar,  which  is  about  two  months  old.  It  v/aa  a  now  typo  of  oar  wliich  we  had  to 
experiment  with.  Icould  have  paid  this  particular  account  long  ago  had  I 
taken  the  monop  from  the  solo  of  stock,  which  X  could  have  sold,  hut  which  X 
didn't..  I  thought  it  was  hotter  hot  to  sell  the  stock  and  owo  you  a  little 
longer.  It  is  perfectly  safe  and  will  he  paid  as  above  stated  on  Monday 
when  wo  will  pay  for  the  hat  ter;'. 

Hot/  I  have  really  done  all  I  can  with  Phillips.  He  seems  to 
have  it  in  his  mind  that  wo  aro  trying  to  defraud  you.  Whether  he  really 
thinks  so  or  not  of  course  I  really  don's  know,  hut  that  iB  apparently  his  idea. 
His  manner  is  very  -unfriendly  and  I  don't  like  to  go  to  him.  Hot  that  I  really 
care  very  much  about  it,  hut  we  ore  trying  to  build  up  a  business  here  in  a 
sound,  healthy  way.  Don't  w ant  any  ling  tine  credit  and  it  seems  to  me  if  you 
just  passed  a  hint  along  to  Phillips  to  not  he  quite  so  "fussy"  those  tilings 
would  go  along  a  good  deal  smoother.  Kindly  do  the  necessary  thing. 

In  addition  to  the  above  accounts,  thero  is  one  I  forgot 
to  mention.  Shore  is  one  of  $1800  I  owo  personally,  which  I  can  soon  arrange 
to  pay.  I  don’t  like  to  say  just  when  hut  I  don't  believe  it  will  he  over 
60  days.  I  can  say  t.o  you  this,  that  if  I  had  a  customer  who  was  so  uniformly 
prompt  in  payments  to  us  an  we  have  been  to  your  company,  X  would  not  have 
the  nerve  to  kick.  Kindly  do  the  necessary  tiling,  and  oblige 

Yours  veiy  truly, 

Pres i dent . 




A  entered  into  this 

day  Of  March,  1912,  between  the  FiOJKRAI.  STORAGE  BATTERY  CAR 
COMPACT,  a  corporation  organ! ted  and  existing  under  the  Lav;^ 
of  the  State  or  Mow  York,  hereinafter  referred  to  ae  the 
".Manufacturer"  and  E.  J.  LISfc'AH  &  CO.  of  the  Borough  of 
Manhattan,  Hew  York  City,  a  oo-partnerohlp,  hereinafter 
referred  to  as  the  "hankers", 

SI£ILS£.S^1-  : 

WHEREAS  the  Manufacturer  is  now  engaged  in  the 
manufacture  and  sale  of  self-propelled  cars  running  on 
rails  and  propelled  hy  Edison  Storage  retteries,  and 
possesses  certain  rights  under  an  agreement  which  in  to 
ho  defined  in  a  resolution  of  the  Board  of  Biroctors  of 
the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company,  (a  copy  of  which  will 
he  hereto  annexed,  marked  "A"  and  made  a  part  hero of)  hy 
virtue  of  which  the  Manufacturer  has  oortain  rights  rela¬ 
tive  to  the  use  and  sale  of  Edioon  Storage  Battorles,  as 
|  applied  to  vehicles  propelled  upon  rails  in  the  United 
States  of  America  and  Canada,  and 

WHEREAS  the  Manufacturer  is  engaged  in  the  manu¬ 
facture  of  oortain  oars  known  as  Beach  cars,  to  he  pro¬ 
pelled  upon  rails  in  connection  with  devices  which  are  the 
subject  of  patent  applications  referred  to  in  the  Schedule 
hereto  annexed  and  marked  "B"  and  hereby  made  part  hereof, 

WHEREAS  in  furtherance  of  the  sale  of  its  product, 
j  the  Manufacturer  is  solicitous  of  entering  into  a  contract 


with  tho  Bankers  to  vest  in  them,  their  nominees,  or 
assigns,  for  a  certain  period,  tho  exclusive:  right,  sub- 
Joot  to  the  limitations  hereof,  to  sell  for  tho  Manufac¬ 
turer,  in  the  United  States  of  America,  and  Canada,  such 
care  equipped  with  said  Edison  Storage  Batteries,  manufac¬ 
tured,  assembled  or  controlled  by  the  Manufacturer, 

That  in  consideration  of  the  promises  and  of  the  butt,  of 
One  dollar  by  oaoh  of  the  partios  to  the  other  in  hand 
J  paid,  the  reooipt  whereof  is  horoby  acknowledged,  and  of 
|  the  immediate  purchase  of  sixteen  (10)  equipped  cars  of 
j  the  general  type  now  being  made  by  the  Manufacturer,  whose 
soiling  price  is  about  five  thousand  ($5,000)  dollars 
each,  or  eight  (8)  of  the  large  oars  of  the  general  typo 
l  now  being  made  by  tho  Manufacturer,  whoso  selling  prico 
|  is  about  ten  thousand($10,000)  dollars  oaoh,  tho  details 


of  which  will  be  duly  sot  out  in  tho  specifications  in 
the  usual  form,  tho  partioe  hereto  do  hereby  agree  as 

FIRST:  The  Manufacturer  horoby  gives  and  grants 
|i  unto  the  Bankers,  thoir  hoirs,  executors,  administrators 


or  assigns,  for  and  during  the  period  of  five  years  from 
the  date  hereof,  and  for  and  during  the  period  of  any 
extension  of  this  agreement,  the  exclusive  general  sales 
agency  for  tho  United  States  of  America  and  Canada,  and 
the  right  to  acquire  from  tho  Manufacturer,  soil  and 
market  the  output  of  otorugo  battery  cars  of  the  factory 
and  shops  of  the  Manufacturer,  its  successors  or  assigns, 
with  all  improvements  thereon  to  tho  oxtent  hereinafter 


provided,  or  any  other  cars  of  any  deooription  running  on 
rails  and  controlled  by  the  Manufacturer  and  operated  by 
Edison  Storage  batteries,  subject  to  the  terms  and  limi¬ 
tations  hereof. 

SEC OKB;  The  said  cars,  fully  equipped  and  complete, 
may  bo  sold  for  the  account  of  the  Manufacturer  or  may  bo 
sold  to  and  may  bo  purohaoed  directly  by  the  Bankers  at  a 
price  which  it  is  intended  shall  bo  equivalent  to  and 
shall  not  exceed  the  actual  cost  of  production  and  equip¬ 
ment  thereof,  plus  fifteen  per  cent  (lfi^)  thoreon.  The 
term  "oost  of  production"  shall  comprise  the  oost  of  labor 
and  material,  that  ontor  into  the  manufacture  and  equip¬ 
ment  of  said  ears,  operating  expanses  and  expenses  of  the 
manufacturer  that  fairly  have  to  do  directly  with  the  oon- 
duot  of  its  business,  relating  to  the  manufacture  of  cars 
which  are  the  oubjoct  of  this  contract,  including  admin¬ 
istration,  reasonable  salaries  and  selling  expenses  (in¬ 
cluding  the  amount  referred  to  in  paragraph  Third  hereof); 
as  it  i 8  clear  that  such  expenses  cannot  be  definitely 
fixed  in  advjinoe,  it  is  agreed  that  the  parties  hereto 
shall  on  the  oocaeion  of  orders  for  said  cars  being  placed 
from  time  to  time,  fix  the  price  to  be  charged  therefor, 
which  they  will  endeavor  to  fix  at  an  amount  which  shall 
represent  and  cover  said  items;  said  price  then  and  there 
fixed  shall  be  final  between  them  as  applied  to  the  par¬ 
ticular  cars  which  are  the  subject  thereof;  but  in  the 
event  of  the  purtlos  disagreeing  as  to  what  is  a  fair 
prloo  for  said  carB,  or  as  to  whether  the  price  therefor 
sought  to  bo  fixed  by  either  party  at  any  one  time  and  to 


be  applied  to  any  particular  order  is  fair  and  proper  and 
in  accordance  with  the  otandard  or  measure  of  prico  above 
sot  forth,  then  and  In  that  event,  the  Bankers  shall  have 
resort  to  tho  books  and  papers  of  ths  Manufacturer  and 
any  and  all  other  data  for  the  purpose  of  ascertaining 
whether  the  prlcos  fixed  for  tho  cars  acoord  generally  to 
the  above  standard. 

THIBP :  The  Manufacturer  covenant e  and  agrees  to 
pay  to  the  Bankers,  tho  following  commissi on3  on  all 
Storage  Battery  Cars  Bold  by  tho  Manufacturer,  in  tho 
United  States  of  America  and  Canada,  during  tho  term  within 
which  this  contract  may  remain  in  force,  that  is,  during 
the  term  within  which  thoro  bo  no  default  as  to  tho  con¬ 
ditions  hereof  by  the  Bankers,  whether  said  oars  ura  oold 
by  or  to  the  Bankers  or  by  or  through  trio  Manufacturer: 

On  all  Storage  Battery  Cars  sold  by  ths  Manufacturer 
during  tho  first,  three  years  of  tho  Ufa  of  this  contract, 
that  is  to  say,  the  time  v/ithin  which  it  may  remain  in 
force,  a  commission  to  the  Bankers  of  seven  and  one-half 
(7  l/2<)  nor  cont  of  tho  selling  price; 

On  all  Storage  Battery  Cars  3Cld  by  the  Manufacturer 
for  and  after  three  years  frem  the  date  hereof  and  until 
tho  termination  of  this  agreement,  a  commission  to  the 
Bankers  of  five  (6?0  per  cent  of  tho  selling  price. 

The  parties  hereto  expressly  covenant,  guarantee 
and  agree  that  at  no  time  during  the  period  hereof  or  the 
life  of  this  contract  Bhull  any  of  the  Storage  Battery 
Cars  be  directly  or  indirectly  sold-  or  offered  for  sale 

by  either  of  the  parties  hereto  in  said  territory  at 


price  leas  than  that  quoted  therefor  to  the  Rankers,  nor 
ahull  the  same  he  Bold  upon  terms  more  favorable  than  those 
quoted  to  the  Bankers,  except  by  opoolal  agreement. 

FOURTH:  The  Bankers  hereby  acoept  the  exclusive 
selling  agency  vented  in  them  hereunder,  and  said  exclu¬ 
sive  agency  shell  continue  during  the  period  of  this  con¬ 
tract,  and  excopt  as  hereinafter  otherwise  specified,  so 
long  as  the  Bankers  shall  placo  the  following  orders  for 
oquipped  storage  battery  cars. 

15  ears  per  month  for  the  remaining  months  during 

1912,  boginning  April,  1912. 

14  cars  per  month  during  1913. 

16  "  «  "  “  1914. 

18  "  "  "  "  191ii. 

20  '•  »  "  "  1910. 

An  order  for  tho  five  thousand  ($6,000)  dollar  typo 
of  said  car  now  generally  known  as  the  small  oar,  ahull  bo 
|  considered  tho  unit  in  determining  the  number  of  oars 
j  ordered  or  to  be  ordered  and  where  a  tan  thousand  ($-10,000) 
dollar  car  is  ordered  or  sold,  this  shall  be  considered 
an  order  or  sale  of  two  oars  undor  this  agreement. 

If  the  Bankers  shell  bocome  entitled  to  a  renewal 
of  this  contract,  pursuant  to  tho  terms  hereof,  the  ex- 
i  elusive  selling  agency  shall  continue  during  such  renewal 
period  so  long  as  the  Bankers  shall  from  time  to  time  dur¬ 
ing  such  renewal  period  place  orders  for  the  following 
number  of  oars  of  tho  type  or  types  as  herein  specified. 

22  cars  per  month  during  1919. 

24  0  B  "  -  1918. 

26  "  "  "  "  1919. 

26  "  “  "  "  1920. 

26  "  during  each  and  every  month  for  the 

balance  of  the  term  of  such  agreement. 

Nothing  herein  contained  shall  be  construed  to 


limit  tho  Bankers  in  selling  or  ordering  the  numbor  of  oarts 
hereinbefore  referred  to,  or  as  preventing  thorn  from  call¬ 
ing  and  receiving  commissions  upon  additional  oars  cold 
by  or  through  them  pursuant  to  the  terms  of  this  contract, 
excepting  tho  capacity  of  the  plant  or  equipment  of  the 

Any  orders  in  excoss  of  tho  foregoing  quota  placed 
by  or  through  the  Bankers  in  any  one  or  more  months,  shall 
to  the  extent  of  the  excess,  he  credited  to  tho  orders 
provided  herein  to  ho  pluoed  by  the  hankers  during  the 
succeeding  month  or  months.  Nothing  herein  shall  bo  con¬ 
strued  to  prevent  the  Manufacturer  from  selling  such  type 
or  types  of  cars  or  any  oars  on  orders  received  from 
others  than  the  Bankers,  and  orders  reoeived  from  others 
not  the  Bankers  and  not  duo  directly  to  the  interposition 
or  effort  of  the  Bankers  shall  not  be  considered  as  part 
of  the  quota  herein  fixed  for  tho  Bankers  to  sell  in  order 
to  secure  tho  compensation  herein  provided  for.  The 
Bankers,  however,  shall  be  entitled  to  the  payment;  of  the 

E zujtfad. 

commissions  hereinbefore  provided  on  all^cars  sold  by  the 
Manufacturer  which  are  to  bo  used  in  connection  with 
Edison  Storage  Batteries  and  propelled  cn  rails  in  tho 
United  States  or  Canada.  The  aoceptanco  of  any  auoh 
orders,  however,  shall  in  no  way  interfere  with  tho  prompt 
filling  of  the  orders  placed  by  the  Bankers  with  tho  Manu¬ 
facturer,  and  tho  Bankers  shall  have  a  preferential  call 
to  the  extent  of  tho  orders  so  jjlaood  by  tho  Bunkers  upon 
the  output  or  capacity  of  the  factory  of  tho  Manufacturer, 
but  it  is  not  intended  that  tho  Manufacturer  shall  refuse 



or  fail  to  deliver  euro  pursuant  to  agreements  mud e  and 
executed  or  propositions  accepted. 

Tho  Manufacturer  covenants  and  agrees  to  promptly 
fill  all  orders  pursuant  to  specifications  and  the  special 
agreements  made  as  to  each  or dor  received  from  or  through 
the  Bankers  and  make  delivery  thereof  lf,  0,  B,  factory  of 
the  JJanufucturor,  within  ninety  (90)  days  after  tho  re¬ 
ceipt  of  such  orders,  unless  otherwise  specifically  agreed 
between  the  purchaser  and  tho  Manufacturer.  The  said 
orders  will  he  made  on  forms  defining  the  terms  of  oalo 
and  specifications  in  the  fern  of  the  contract  under  which 
the  said  cars  arc  now  sold,  a  copy  of  which,  er.oopt  as  to 
terms  and  specifications  is  attached  hereto,  marked  ”C” 
and  shall  provido,  except  where  the  Bankers  are  the  pur¬ 
chaser,  for  a  preliminary  cash  payment  by  the  purchaser 
therein  named  to  tho  Manufacturer  of  at  least  twunty-fivo 
per  cent  (25,^)  of  the  soiling  price  of  tho  car  or  oars 
and  equipment  therein  agreed  upon,  unless  a  specific 
agreement  for  different  terms  shall  be  xnade. 

The  Manufacturer  shall  bo  obliged,  under  the  terras 
hereof  to  accept  and  fill  only  those  orders  for  said  oars 
and  equipment  placed  with  it  by  tho  TJ&nkera  on  which  ad¬ 
vances  of  tho  selling  price  thereof  shall  bo  made  to  the 
JJanuf aeturerj  if  and  so  long  ob  the  Manufacturer  be  not 
in  default  with  respect  to  any  order  for  care  plaood  with 
it  by  tho  Bankers  the  placing  of  any  order  by  the  Banker e 
and  tho  acceptance  thereof  by  the  Manufacturer  shall  bo 
taken  as  a  consent  and  agreement  that  said  advances  on 
account  of  tho  order  so  placed  and  accepted  be  made  in  the 
following  amounts! 



l/3  of  the  selling  price  remaining  to  ho  paid 
•by  the  purchaser. 8n  acceptance  of  order, 
l/e  of  the  Balling  price  remaining  to  be  paid 

thirty  days  after  date  of  said  order  or  con¬ 
tract  of  sale. 

l/6  of  the  selling  price  remaining  to  be  paid 

sixty  days  after  dato  of  such  order  or  con¬ 
tract  of  sale. 

l/3  of  the  oelling  prioe  remaining  to  bo  paid 

less  Bankers  commission  upon  presentation  of 
bill  of  lading  covering  shipment  of  the  oar 
or  caro  which  are  the  subject  of  eaid  order 
or  contraot  of  sale, 

provided,  however,  that  at  least  ton  days  before  the  time 
at  which  the  Manufacturer  may  require  an  advance  it  give 
to  the  Bankers  notice  that,  ouch  advanoe  is  .required. 

Where  said  Bankers  shall  make  a  direct  purchase  of 
cars  for  their  own  account,  the  purolmse  price  shall  bo 

paid  as  follows: 

1/3  thereof  on  acceptance  of  order  or  oontraot 
of  sale. 

l/6  thirty  days  after  date  of  said  order  or 
contract  of  sale. 

l/6  sixty  days  after  dato  of  said  order  or 
contract  of  sale. 

1/3  loss  Bankers'  commission  upon  the  proson- 

tation  of  bill  of  lading,  covering  shipment 
of  the  car  or  cara  which  arc  the  oubjoct  o.t 
said  order  or  contract  of  sale. 

Such  advances  may  be  made  by  opening  a  drawing 
account  for  the  Manufacturer  with  the  firm  of  F.  J.  bisman 
&  Co.  at  its  How  York  or  principal  office,  and  by  deposit¬ 

ing  the  amount  of  each  advance  so  required  with  the  firm 
of  F.  J.  T.isman  &  Co.  in  Hew  York  City  in  ouch  account  to 
the  oredit  of  the  Manufacturer  who  will  chock  or  draw 
against  said  account  as  may  bo  necessary  in  the  conduct  of 
its  business.  Where  advances  for  the  account  of  any  of 
the  purchasers  of  said  oars  are  made  by  the  Bankers,  the 
contract  of  sale,  with  roepeet  to  which  the  advance  may  so 
be  made  by  the  Bankers,  if  oaid  contraot  be  executed  by 


anyone  other  Shan  the  Bankers,  shall  he  assigned  to  the 
Bankers,  as  security  for  the  return  to  the  Bankers  of  said 
advances  so  made. 

FIFTH:  If  default  ho  trade  hy  the  Bankers  and 
continue  for  a  period  of  sixty  (GO)  days,  in  placing 
orders  with  the  Manufacturer  for  the  stipulated  number  of 
cars  for  the  year  1012  as  providocl  heroin,  or  if  in  any 
year  after  the  year  1012  default  shall  he  made  hy  the 
Bankers  and  continue  for  a  period  of  ninety  (90)  days  in 
placing  orders  with  the  Manufacturer  for  the  monthly  quota 
provided  to  ho  placed  during  the  yoar  subsequent  to  1912, 
then  and  in  that  event  the  exclusive  rights  and  all  the 
privileges  hereby  granted  to  the  Bonkers  under  the  terms 
hereof  shall  he  suspended  for  a  period  of  six  months  after 
notice  to  that  effect  in  writing  from  the  Manufacturer  to 
the  Bankers  and  during  such  period  of  suspension  the 
Bankers  shall  not  rocoivo  any  commission  on  cars  sold  by 
the  Manufacturer  without  the  diroot  aid  of  the  Bankers, 
hut  said  Bankers  shall  have  tho  right  to  continue  to  soil 
or  huy  said  cars  and  shall  rocaive  on  ouch  cars  when  sold, 
or  bought  hy  them,  a  ccmr.iosion  of  five  per  cent  on  tho 
soiling  price  thereof ,  and  all  orders  placed  hy  thorn  shall 
ho  promptly  filled  as  hereinbefore  provided.  If  at  the 
expiration  of  ouoh  period  of  suspension  the  Bankers  shall 
have  sold  or  bought  an  aggregate  number  of  oars  oqual  to 
that  required  of  them  under  tho  terms  of  this  contract, 
then  tho  sale  or  purchase  of  such  required  number  of  oars 
shall  he  and  is  hereby  considered  as  a  re-investmont  in 

thorn  of  tho  exolusivo  selling  agency  for  tho  said  cars 



for  tho  talar, oe  of  the  period  of  this  agrosmont  and  of 
thoir  full  righto  under  this  contract,  including  the  right 
to  acramissions  at  the  rates  hereinbefore  provided,  on  all 
oars  sold  by  the  Manufacturer  as  though  said  default  had 
not  taken  pi ao o ,  subject,  however ,  to  any  future  defaults 
by  the  hankers  in  tho  ualo  of  said  oars;  but  if  tho 
Bankers  shall  not  havo  sold  or  purchased  such  aggregate 
number  of  ours,  then  this  contract  shall  thereupon  bo 
terminated  at  tho  option  of  the  Manufacturer  upon  written 
notice  to  thu  Bankers.  During  the  period  of  auoh  tempor¬ 
ary  suspension,  however,  the  Manufacturer  agrees  that  no 
contract  shall  be  entered  into  by  it  vesting  either  tho 
exclusive  or  general  selling  agency  in  any  other  person, 
firm  or  corporation,  and  that  it  will  not  soli  any  oars 
identical  with  those  purchased  or  sold  by  tho  Bankors, 
either  directly  or  indirootly  at  prices  loss  than  those 
quoted  to  tho  Bankers  or  upon  more  favorabls  terms.  Tt  is 
understood  that  the  oapaoity  of  the  Manufacturer  may  ex¬ 
ceed  the  ability  of  the  Bankers  to  soil,  and  accordingly 
nothing  herein  shall  be  construed  to  provent  tho  5<anu- 
fucturer  through  its  own  efforts  or  by  employing  agents  or 
salesman  from  soiling  oars  up  to  itB  capacity,  provided 
the  sailing  price  of  suoh  oars  shall  not  bo  loos,  or  tho 
terras  more  favorable  than  those  quoted  to  tho  Bankers, 
end  provided  further,  that  tho  Bonkers  shall  be  entitled 
to  their  commissions  on  any  such  sales  ao  if  the  sales  had 
been  made  by  or  through  said  Bankers  but  said  sales  shall 
not  be  credited  to  the  Bankers  as  a  part  of  the  quota  to 
be  sold  by  thorn  in  order  to  entitle  thorn  to  tho  compen¬ 
sation  and  privileges  heroin  provided  for.  The  Manufacture 


however,  shall  not  attempt  to,  or  actually  compete  with 
the  Bankers  in  selling  said  cars, 

Neither  the  hankers,  thoir  hairs,  exaoutoro,  admin¬ 
istrators  or  assigns,  shal}  in  any  event  he  liable  for 
damages  to  the  Manufacturer,  its  successors  or  assigns, 
for  failure  to  place  orders  for  the  number  of  cars  herein 
specified;  and  the  right  of  the  Manufacturer,  its  ouoooeo- 
oro  and  assigns  to  suspend  said  exclusive  agency  or  to 
terminate  this  contract  shall  he  the  solo  and  exclusivo 
remedy  of  ths  Manufacturer,  its  successors  and  assigns, 
for  tho  failure  on  the  part  of  the  Bankers,  their  heirs, 
executors,  administrators  and  ussigns  to  place  orders  for 
such  number  of  cars, 

SIXTH:  If  tho  Manufacturer  should  at  any  timo 
fail  to  deliver  the  cars,  ordered  by  the  Bankers  v/ithln 
the  time  heroin  specified,  tho  obligations  of  the  Bankers 
to  place  the  monthly  orders  as  herein  provided  shall  abato 
so  long  as  said  failure  to  deliver  by  the  Manufacturer 
shall  continue,  and  the  Manufacturer  shall  and  will  re¬ 
imburse  tho  Bankers  to  the  extent  of  any  and  all  expenses 
incurred  by  tho  Bankers  in  securing  said  ordors  plus  the 
commission  on  tho  cars  which  form  tho  subject  of  such 
refusal  by  the  Manufacturer.  But  this  clause  does  not 
apply  to  a  failure  to  make  suoh  deliveries  for  reasons 
net  under  the  reasonable  oontrol  or  ability  or  within  the 
oapaoity  of  the  plant  or  equipment  of  tho  Manufacturer, 
or  0x0 opted  in  the  individual  contracts  of  the  Manufacturer 
for  tho  sale  and  delivery  of  suoh  cars. 



SEVENTH ;  Payments  for  cars  ordered ,  unless  made 
at  the  request  of  the  Manufacturer  as  heretofore  provided, 
or  otherwise  fixed  by  special  agreement,  oh all  he  made  to 
the  Manufacturer  within  ten  (10)  days  after  presentation 
of  hille  of  lading,  deducting  from  the  selling  prico, 
determined  as  hereinbefore  provided,  bankers '  commit!  si  on 
and  any  other  advance  or  outlay  incurred  or  to  he  incurred 
by  the  Bankers  in  connection  therewith  under  tho  terms 

EIGHTH:  During  any  period  of  extraordinary  finan¬ 
cial  or  buoinoas  depression,  crisis  or  extraordinary 
stringency,  the  Bankers  shall  not  bo  required  to  order  or 
to  pay  for  any  cars,  provided  such  depression,  crisis  or 
stringency  shall  so  affect  tho  business  of  tho  country  as 
to  moke  it  unreasonable  to  expoot  the  Bankers  to  proceed 
hereunder  during  cuoh  period  and  whenever  the  existence  and 

continuance  of  a  condition  warranting  Buch  waiver  and  sus¬ 
pension  shall  bo  in  doubt  or  dispute  between  the  parties 
hereto,  the  question  shall  bo  arbitrated  by  the  appoint¬ 
ment  by  each  party  hereto  of  an  arbitrator  who  shall  be 
an  officer  of  a  Trust  Company  or  national  Bank  situated 
in  the  Borough  of  Manhattan,  City  of  Hew  York.  If  the  two 
arbitrators  so  appointed  are  unable  to  agree,  they  shall 
appoint  a  third  arbitrator,  and  the  decision  of  a  majority 
thereof  shall  be  binding  and  conclusive  upon  the  question 
submitted  and  as  to  the  time  when  the  obligation  to  plaoo 
orders  shall  be  resumed  and  when  the  payments  3hall  bo 
made  for  the  oars  theretofore  ordered,  und  the  parties 
hereto  do  hereby  agree  to  and  with  each  other  to  abide  by 


I  the  determination  of  the  arbitrators  so  appointed. 

TTIPTH;  Any  and  all  literature  and  advert i sing 
Latter  required  hy  the  Bankers  to  further  the  exploitation 
and  sale  of  the  cars  shall  he  furnished  hy  the  Manufacturer 
at  cost  and  the  Manufacturer  shall  assist  the  hankers  in 
every  way  possible  within  the  ability  and  moans  of  the 
Manufacturer  to  introduce,  demonstrate  and  effect  the  sale 
I  of  such  cars,  excoptine  the  building  of  cars  and  furnlsh- 
|  mg  of  apparatus  and  delivering  said  cars  or  apparatus; 

'  said  exception  demonstrations  of  said  cars  and  ap¬ 

paratus  shall  be  made  by  the  Manufacturer  without  expense 
!  to  the  Bankers,  but  the  Manufacturer's  expanses  of  such 
demonstration  shall  bo  charged  against  and  shall  form  one 
of  the  expenses  of  the  manufacturing  business  to  be  taken 
into  consideration  in  fixing  the  cost  of  oars  as  herein¬ 
above  provided,  and  the  Manufacturer  shall  in  each  case 
whore  sale  is  made,  either  directly  or  through  the  hankers 
or  otherwise,  guarantee  the  construction  and  running  of 
aaid  oars  for  a  period  of  ninety  (00)  days  after  the  said 
oars  are  put  in  operation,  and  for  this  purpose  the  Bank- 
ers  are  hereby  authorised  and  empowered  and  vested  with 
fuXX  authority  to  execute  in  behalf  and  in  the  name  of  the 
Manufacturer  a  guarantee,  in  each  and  every  case  where  a 
1  oale  is  made  by  them  to  the  extent  herein  contemplated. 

TEBTH:  The  Manufacturer  further  covenants  and 

1  agrees  that  it  has  the  full  and  unrestricted  right  and 
privilege,  except  as  limited  under  the  provisions  of 
MrtMt  "A"  attached  hereto,  to  grant  unto  the  Bankers 
the  exclusive  rights  hereby  granted  and^that  it  will  not, 


cave  for  the  purposes  hereof,  grant  to  others,  so  Ions  as 
there  ho  no  default  by  the  BunkerB  in  tho  performance  of 
tho  conditions  and  covenants  of  this  contract,  the  right 
to  manufacture,  assemble  or  doal  in,  diroctly  or  indirect¬ 
ly,  said  cars  or  batteries,  and  it  has  not  and  will  not 
diroctly  or  indirectly,  grant  to  any  on©  any  shop  rights, 
licenses,  sub-licenses,  privileges,  agencies  or  other 
righto  under  its  aforesaid  lioense,  or  under  any  other 
licence  or  patent  or  patents  affecting  said  typo  of 
batteries  or  care,  or  enter  into  any  contract  whereby  tho 
exclusive  agency  of  tho  Banker o  may  or  will  bo  in  any  man¬ 
ner  interfered  with,  diminished  or  lessened;  but  this 
agreement  is  not  to  bo  oonnidared  as  a  limitation  on  tho 
right  of  tho  Manufacturer  and  subject  to  the  terms  of  this 
agreement,  to  employ  aganta  to  sell  said  oars  or  to  pay 
others  for  obtaining  on  behalf  of  tho  Manufacturer,  orders 
for  said  core, 

Tho  Manufacturer  further  covenants  and  agrees  that 
it  will  at  its  own  expense  institute ,  or  cause  to  be  in¬ 
stituted,  suit  by  injunction,  or  otherwise,  to  enforce  and 
maintain  the  exclusive  rights  granted  hereunder  to  the 
Bankers,  and  will  pay  over  to  tho  Bankers  any  and  all  net 
damages  recovered  by  it  in  such  suit  or  suits,  or  other¬ 
wise,  in  reimbursement  of  any  loss  or  damage  suffered  by 
the  Bankers  by  reason  of  any  illegal  interference  with  or 
the  diminution  of  their  sales  by  reason  thereof,  and  in 
any  action  or  actions  so  instituted  by  the  Manufacturer, 
eaoh  of  the  parties  hereto  shall  have  the  right  to  be 
represented  by  Counsel  of  their  own  selection. 



SEEFSliTH;  The  Manufacturer  further  covenants  and 
guarantees  that  the  Bankers  shall  not  hy  any  act  of  the 
Manufacturer  ho  disturbed  in  their  sales  of  said  oars  hy 
litigation  based  upon  any  adverse  claims  under  patents 
affecting  said  cars  or  batteries,  or  both,  and  'will,  at 
its  own  exponce,  defend  all  suits  or  proceedings  inoti- 
tutod  against  the  Bankers  or  their  customers  for  infringe¬ 
ment  of  any  patent  by  the  use  or  sals  of  said  oars  or 
batteries,  providod  the  Bankers  or  their  oust  oners  give 
to  the  Manufacturer  prompt  notice  in  writing  of  the  in¬ 
stitution  of  the  suit  or  proceeding  and  permit  the  Manu¬ 
facturer  to  defend  the  same,  and  give  all  needed  informa¬ 
tion,  assistance  and  authority  to  enable  the  Manufacturer 
I  to  do  so. 

TWELFTH:  Upon  notice  in  writing  to  the  Manufacturer 
six  (6)  months  prior  to  the  expiration  of  this  contract, 
the  same  shall  be  renewed  and  extended  for  a  further 
period  of  five  (0)  years,  provided  that  at  the  time  such 
notico  is  served  the  Bankers,  or  their  assigns,  shall  not 
be  in  default  in  the  performance  of  their  obligations 
hereunder.  Such  ranewal  shall  be  upon  the  same  terms, 
i  conditions,  provisions  and  privileges  herein  provided, 
excepting  that  during  such  renewal  period  the  Bankers 
shall  be  vested  with  the  exolusive  agency  whioh  shall  re¬ 
quire  them  to  place  orders  for  oars  par  month  as  providod 
in  paragraph  Fourth,  regarding  the  period  of  extension; 
upon  the  same  terms  the  Bankers  shall  bo  entitled  to  a 
further  renewal  of  five  years  each  and  to  further  renewals 
thereafter  of  five  years  oach  at  the  end  of  each  period  of 



fivn  years  bo  that,  after  the  yoar  191F.  the  Bankers,  in 
order  to  secure  and  retain  the  benefit  of  sail  renewals 
must  place  with  tho  Manufacturer  ouch  month  orders)  for  said 
cars  and  equipment  in  the  amount  of  2(3  of  the  small  cars 
Bolling  tit  about  §0,000  each  or  13  of  tlio  large  cars  sell¬ 
ing  at  about  §10,000  each. 

THIUT^iTK:  Tho  Bankers  hereby  agree  simultaneously 
with  the  exooution  of  this  contract  to  deliver  to  tho 
Manufacturer  orders  for  sixteen  (16)  of  the  small  type  of 
cur  now  being  manufactured  or  tho  equivalent  of  suoh  order, 
to  wit,  eight  (B)  of  tho  largo  or  §10,000  type  pursuant  to 
specifications  hereto  attached  which  shall  be  accredited 
to  tho  first  month  of  the  torts  of  this  contract,.  An  order 
of  oars  in  tho  aggregate,  equivalent  to  sixteen  (16)  of 
tho  small  type  of  car,  shall  bo  a  compliance  herewith. 

FOUMSBKSH;  Should  the  exclusive  or  other  agency 
herein  be  terminated  or  suspended  by  reason  of  a  default 
on  the  part  of  the  Bankers,  the  Bankers  may  continue, 
nevertheless,  to  obtain  oars  at  the  contract  price  pro¬ 
vided  for  heroin  but  the  commission  provided  for  will  be 
paid  tc  the  Bankers  only  on  the  cars  ordered  by  or  through 
the  Bankers  instead  of  on  the  Manufacturer's  entire  output 
of  cars.  If,  however,  the  Bankers  commit  no  default  with 
respect  to  this  agreement:  the  commission  provided  for  hero¬ 
in  is  to  be  paid  on  the  entire  output  of  Etorapo  Battery 
Cars  of  the  Manufacturer  whether  or  not  its  said  produot 
be  sold  by  or  through  the  Bankers.  In  making  up  the  num¬ 
ber  of  oars  which  tho  Bankers  are  required  to  order,  the 


orders  credited,  to  the  hunkers  under  thiB  agreement  shall 
not  include  orders  not  obtained  through  or  from  them 
although  during  the  term  of  the  contract  they  reoeiya  a 
commission  thereon. 

FIFTiilKTiTH:  The  r/anuf aoturor  may  engage  in  the 
I  business  of  oar  or  automobile  manufacturing  or  any  lawful 
business,  Wh on  the  v/ord  "output"  ooourB  herein  it  ap- 

I  plies  only  to  the  output  of  oars  propelled  on  rails  in 
| the  United  States  and  Canada,  by  moans  of  Edison  Storage 
Batteries  and  the  business  of  making  oars  so  propelled  or 
intended  to  be  so  propelled  is  the  only  business  of  the 
Manufacturer  that  is  the  subject  of  this  contract. 

I  SIXTEENTH;  This  agreement  shall  be  binding  upon 

and  enure  to  the  benefit  of  the  Manufacturer,  its  suc¬ 
cessors  and  assigns,  and  to  the  Bankers,  their  heirs, 
executors,  administrators  and  assigns, 

|  IS  WITNESS  7/HEKEOB  The  Manufacturer  has  caused 

Ijthis  agreement  to  be  signed  by  lta  President  and  attestod 
by  its  Secretary  pursuant  to  the  authority  of  its  Board  of 
Directors,  and  the  Bankers  have  signed  and  affixed  their 
seal  the  day  and  year  first  above  written. 


. -  By  C&jjMuL)  ti,  i4.(icc^L _ 

fy.<-  -  •  President. 


(  \  Ilf.  If. ‘foul; twMnv _ 

!|  I  0  Soorotary. 

F.  J.  LISMAli  fc  COMPANY 

By_ikpiL  ^  _ (L.  S. ) 




0  ,  :  SS: 

COUNTY  OF  Tuw-  ) 

On  the  duy  of  March,  1912,  before  mo  persson- 

ally  oarno  HM.  and  hr.Y.L^iZ^ 

to  mo  known,  who,  bains  by  mo  severally  duly  sworn,  did 
depose  and  aay,  that  they  reside  in  <Moj. 

that  /?.  //.  Mv  is  the  President  and  r.tyUi-*- 

is  the  Secretary  of  the  FSDiSAT,  ST  OK  AGS 
13ATTISRY  CAR  COMPANY,  the  corporation  described  in,  and 
which  executed  the  within  instrument;  that  they  knew  the 
seal  of  said  corporation;  that  the  seal  affixed  to  said 
instrument  was  sueh  corporate  seal;  that  it  v/ao  so  affix¬ 
ed  by  the  ordor  of  the  Board  of  Directors  of  said  corpor¬ 
ation,  and  that  they  signed  their  names  thereto  by  like 


7]o£*am.  &*&*.,  tfdye  & 

stats  OF  S3«r  YORK,  ) 

:  S3: 

COUNTY  OF  KifiV  YORK,  ) 

On  this  &  day  of  March,  1912,  before  mo  came 
F.  J.  USMAN,  to  me  known  to  be  one  of  the  members  of  the 
-partnership  firm  of  F.  J.  USMAN  &  CO. ,  and  who  exe¬ 
cuted  the  foregoing  instrument,  and  acknowledged  that  ho 
executed  tho  some  on  behalf  of  the  said  co-partnership 
firm  of  F.  J.  USMAN  &  CO. 



MINUTES  of  a  meeting  of  the  Board  of  Directors  of 
the  Federal  Storage  Battery  Oar  Company,  pursuant  to  call  of 
the  President,  at  the  Company's  office,  #31  Nassau  Street,  in 
the  Borough  of  Manhattan  on  the  Slat  day  of  March,  1912  at,  11  A. 

There  were  present  Messrs.  Ferguson,  Dale,  Benjamin 
and  Harby.  Ur.  Beach  telephoned  that  he  was  delayed  at  the 
shops  but  was  on  his  way.  He  came  into  the  place  of  meeting 
just  after  adjournment.  The  meeting  convened  with  Mr. 

Ferguson  acting  as  Chairman  and  Mr.  Dale  as  Secretary  to  re¬ 
port  the  proceedings  thereof. 

Mr.  Harby  announced  that  the  meeting  was  called 
for  the  purpose  of  considering  the  making  of  an  agreement 
with  F.  J.  Li3man  &  Co.  providing  for  the  immediate  purchase 
of  a  numbor  of  cans  and  the  purchase  of  other  cars  throughout 
a  period  of  five  years,  subject  to  renewals  of  five  years 
each,  on  various  terms  and  conditions.  The  proposed  written 
contract  vtss  placed  before  the  meeting  and  its  various  terms, 
covenants  and  conditions  discussed  at  length.  After  such 
discussion  Mr.  Harby  moved  that  the  President  and  Secretary 
be  authorized  and  directed  to  sign  said  contract  in  duplicate 
and  to  affix  the  seal  cf  the  company  thereto.  The  motion 
was  secor.dod  by  Mr.  Dale  was  put  and  duly  carried  by  the 
unanimous  vote  of  all  present. 

Thereupon  the  meeting  adjourned. 

(SIGNED)  ChalmeraDale 

Secretary  of  said  meeting. 



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SILVER  LAKE.  NEW  JERSEY  April  11,  1912. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Port  Myers,  Via. 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison: 

I  have  your  note  enclosing  clipping  in  regard  to  the  HcKeen 
Motor  Car  Company.  As  far  as  I  can  get  at  the  facts,  they  s re  these: 

The  HcKeen  Motor  Car  Company  was  financed  by  Edw.  H.  Harriman 
and  has  been  a  losing  venture  ever  since  it  has  started.  Mrs.  Harriman 
has  withdrawn  her  support.  While  Harriman  was  alive  they  built  a  good 
many  cars  and  roads  were  practically  compelled  to  buy  them.  Since  hie 
death  it  has  been  different.  X  am  told  now  that  the  Works  are  shut 
dorm  at  Omaha  and  the  real  reason  for  opening  an  office  in  Hew  York  is 
for  the  purpose  of  getting  some  money  to  go  ahead  again.  That’B  about 
the  size  of  it. 

There  is  absolutely  nothing  to  fear  from  thiB  McKeen  competition. 
In  fact,  we  have  nothing  to  fear  from  anybody  in  cpmpetition.  We  are 
just  piled  up  with  work  and  I  am  using  my  best  efforts  to  get  the  shop 
in  shape  to  turn  it  out  quickly  and  a3  soon  as  you  get  back,  I  want,  you 
to  come  dov,n  here  and  see  how  we  are  getting  along.  We  are  getting  a 
"real"  factory. 



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Salisbury ,  E.C . ,  A1Jril  13,  1912, 

Mr.  Thou.  A'-  Edison, 

East  Orage,  '-!.  3. 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  am  taking  the  liberty  of  enclosing  a  din  ing  from 
The  Charlotte  Observer  of  April  10th.  Also  a  cony  of  a  letter 
of  yesterday  from  Mr.  P.  Chatham  of  Charlotte,  IT.  C.,  both  relating 
to  the  Beach  oars  equipped  with  your  battery. 

I  am  assuming  that  you  would  want  to  know  the  conditions 
described.  My  own  interest  is  on  account  of  the  fact  that  some¬ 
thing  over  a  year  ago, I  arranged  with  dr.  Beach  ,or  th.  agency 
the  South  for  these  cars,  and  together  with  my  associates  have 
spent  considerable  time  and  money  introducing  them. 

Kill  you  kindly  advise  me  whether  you  are  sufficiently 
interested  in  the  matter  to  protect  these  people  on  account  of 

Yours  very  truly, 





April  20,  1912. 

Mr.  LsP.oy  Scott, 

■  Federal  Storage  Battery  War  Co., 
S.1  Ivor  Lake ,  H .  .! , 

Dear  Scott, - 

I  was  perfectly'  paralyzed  tonight,  .when,  on 
opening  the  envelope  of  clippings  from  the  various  news¬ 
papers  throughout  the  United  States,  I  find  about  fifteen 
Associated  Press  or  news  agency  stories,  of  which  the 
following  is  a  fair  sampler 

"Storage  Battery  Car  a  Failure. 

Concord  self-propelling  passenger 
conveyance  doomed  for  junk  pile. 

Concord,  N ,  C.  April  11th.  Concord's 
storage  battery  street  car  is 
doomed  for  the  Junk  pile.  The 
famous  self-propelling  child 
of  Mr.  Edison's  creative  brdin 
has  ceased  to  propel.  Once  it  was 
the  pride  of  the  populace  and 
the  joy  of  its  possessors.  'Edison 
storage  battery  car  the  first  in 
the  South  and  the  only  one  in 
Uorth  Carolina,'  whs  the  proud 
boast  of  every  Concordian. 

But  alas!  It  beggn  t.o  weaken; 
to  grow  faint  upon  its  ceaseless 
journeys,  and  at  times  to  falter 
and  stop  at  the  grades.  Experts 
were  sent  here  to  attend  the 
conditions.  Time  and  time  again 
they'  doctored  its  system.  Mew 
parts  replaced  the  old,  more  power¬ 
ful  motors  were  administered  and 
many  other  remedies  resorted  to 
to  revive  and  strengthen  the 
patient.  All  were  in  vain.  The  car 
that  was  once  the  marvel  of  the 
age  now  stands  upon  a  eide  track, 




quired  schedule, 

tine  came  to  a*('nb*llder8  refused 

t0  SfSm„nrlfid  the- order  and  de- 

rided  to  pufoP  trolley  lines. " 

This  ia  cert  A  inly  "^^’lead.  hattery8people,  of 
broadcast  all  o^  the  ,< .  Beach  «ar  and  Edison 

course.  It  is  goino  lred  m  some  time. 

Battery  than  can  he  xePa  d  to  the 

in  ■»»  .Of  Mm,i 

d - car?  * 

Yours  truly, 

rwief  ^gineer  to  _ 


■v  y 

.  'i  / 

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iJ  /  ■  rn  COMPLY 

^  pfett •  SVO"*®  “  c  f  V^ 

1  /  be'1'011  c 


,  MtF'N£^JEBS 
'  •■•' • '• £R  LA  ’  __  TELEGR^H  HEWASIm  n*1 
.  .,3  tftjfGS  BR0W  April  20,  1912. 

Gant, lemon: 

Vour  letter  of  April  12th  is  the  riret  letter  that  we  have  ever 
received  to  the  of foot  that  cars  delivered  by  us  have  demonstrated  that  tte 
urdn  bv  ne  with  regard  to  them  were  not  true  and  accurate. 

This  company  has  dolivorod  storage  battery  cars  etpiipped  with  Edison  Storage 
B^ttorioTto  the  Long' Island  Hailroad  Co.,  Suffolk  Traction  Company,  Fatchogue, 
Batteries  to  ttie  bong  iwan  ^  UnlQn  Trust  Sldg. , 

H^r^b^P^  Carolina  Traction  Co.,  at  Book  Hill ,  S.  C.f  and  .many  others, 
and  not  one  of  thorn  has  yet  failed  to  express  satisfaction  with  the  purchase. 

V!hat  you  say  about  the  promissory  notes  does  not  disturb  us  because 
we  feel  sure  that  your  expressed  intention  not  to  pay  them  ^  notthebost 
Zi  most  temperate  judgment  at  the  writer  of  your  letter.  The  notes  wore 
sold  at  a  discount  by  us  when  we  rooeived  them  and  we  have  no  doubt  that  when 
the  owner  of  them,  who  has  nothing  to  do  with  the  dealings  between  you  and  us, 
preBonts  then  they  will  be  paid# 

Believing  that  it.  is  cood  policy  not  to  permit  a  dissatisfied 
customer  to  remain  for  a  moment  in  a' state  of  mind  that  makes  him  regret  his 
purchase,  we  are  willing  to  take  unusual  pains  to  straighten  out  your 
difficulties  or  at  least  to  show  you  that  the  cause  of  bad  no^lts  that  you 
say  you  have  obtained  does  not  originate  with  us.  To  that  and  if  1 ou  v/111 
secure  the  services  or  a  conpetent  non-partisan  engineer  in  whom  you  have 
confidence  and  of  whoso  competency  there  can  be  absolutely  no  doubt,  we  will 
send  down  to  '-ou  to  moot  with  him  a  competent  ongineer  who  will  go  01  er  tne 
whole  situation  with  him,  and  with  him  explain  to  you  the 
dissatisfaction  and  how  to  obviate  it.  \.o  are  very  sure  that  if  .ho  very 
cars  of  which  you  new,  complain  were  put.  on  a  road  property  cons  tooted  they 
would  show  not  only  the  results  that  we  have  claimed  for  them  but  results 
still  more  favorable  than  we  have  said  could  he  obtained.  The  reports  that 
have  reached  ue  indicate  that  core  sold  to  you  and  operated  by  you  toe 
unusual  difficulties  to  contend  with  ni  riidi  ^dent^hat  these 

two  engineers  will  bo  able  t 
you  how  to  overcome  it* 

Bear  in  mind  that  it  is  our  intention  to  assist  you  out  of  your 
difficulties,  if  possible-,  at  least  we  will  show  you  why 
difficulties  and  will  be  glad  to  have  you  arrango  for  tho  joint  son  lvos  01 
the  engineers  as  proposed  heroin.  Yours  truly.  President, 





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equipped  with 



Hr.  F.  J.  : 

Hotel  Savoy, 

London,  England. 

iiy  dear  is r.  Lionsnni 

yesterday  ISr.  Rhoades  and  IT.  X'.lnzoohoiraor  handed 
no  an  extract  of  a  couple  of  your  lottorc.  In'  one  of  whioh 
you  atntod  tlint  you  hod  had  practically  nrraneod  about  the 
little  line  referred  to  In  one  of  your  previous  letters,  and 
that  you  muted  design  of  3  oar  a.  S7o  are  working  out  thie 
doBlgn  end  *111  tore  It  In  a  couple  of  days  and  nail  It  out 
to  you  with  full  details •  .  , 

The  other  extract  t/as  the  one  whore  you  state  you 
are  about  to  tie  up  with  the  Brltlflh  Group,  who  aro  lntorcetod 
In  a  number  of  different  tramay  linos  and  p  refer  to  some 
Intorferonoo  on  the  part  of  XT.  ISonnot.  1  tdott  this  oxti^t 
to  Hr,  Edioon  yeotorday  and  hod  a  long  talk  with 
conversation  ho  reltoratod  almoot  Ter  batum  the  oonvwsatlon 
whloh  occurred  botwoen  yourBOlf  and  himself  and  i,yBolf  Just 
wlor  to  your  departure.  Ho  added,  hewovor,  that  ho  wanted  to 
be  fair  to  Hr.  XSonnot  and  in  thle,  X  think  credit  should  bo 
given  to  XT,  Edison  for  his  disposition  to  bo  fair  to  every¬ 
body.  EO  requested  me  particularly  to  ssy  to  you  ^ 
howd  that  you  would  to  able  to  cako  some  mutual  satisfactory 
arrange uont^wlth  XT.  Bonnot,  but  that  in  case  you  could  not^ 
or  if  Xonnct  was  unroasonablo,  that  you  would  almyB 
to  get  batteries  ,  and  that  If  Bonnot  In  roallty  did  lmpodo 
.  your  progroso,  or  did  anything  against  your  Interests,  or 
the  interests  of  XT.  Edison,  or  the  Interests  of  the  lntolll- 


g£  Sfft?to  5S?»  Wit^ould  be  a  general 


would  not  allow  a  battery  to  go  on  a  car  In  Kurope.or 

ST “JETS  i™£U« «..«» ■»-«*«■ «' 

Mr.  F. J.Llsman  -  £2. 

June  26th, 19 12. 

as  oaojr  movement  as  our  oars.  Mr.  Edloon  liooa  not  like 
to  lntorforo  with  Monnot  unloas  he  la  really  interfering 
with  you.  Any  llttlo  potty  annoyance a  I  think  you  oould 
readily  overlook,  hut  If  Morniot  la  really  and  truly 
bothering  you,  you  Junt  right  tho  fact  to  Mr.  Edloon,  or 
to  me,  and  I  think  1  can  assure  you  that  euoh  stops  will 
bo  taken  no  will  prevent  any  further  interference  by 
Mr .  ...onnot . 

in  regard  to  Sooth.  American  natters.  Hr.  Edison 
requested  mo  to  say  to  you  that  he  will  give  to  tho 
oanpany  yon  propose,  the  oxoluolvo  right  to  tho  use  of 
tho  battery  In  traction  v/trk,  upon  the  basis  proposed 
In  your  lettor,  which  Is  oxaotly  tho  basin  you  talked 
him.  If  after  you  havo  gotton  into  this  branch  of  tho 
business,  your  company  doslros  to  acquire  tho  use  of 
tho  battery  or  solo  of  the  battery  for  all  other  pur¬ 
poses  in  all  South  American  Countlioe,  If  at  that  time, 

Mr.  Edison  is  satisfied  that  your  oanpany  roally  moans  buo- 
lnoso,  and  are  qualified  to  handle  the  bsulnoss,  ne  It 
should  ho  handles,  ho  will  then  give  you  these  further 
rights  as  above  outlined.  In  rogard  to  tho  patents, 

Mr,  Edison  Bays  ttat  he  Is  protected  in  the  Souther 
American  countries  and  our  applications  nro  also  made 
there.  1 

I  am  very  muOh  pleased  to  noto  that  you  are  getting 
along  well  In  Europe  with  your  work,  and  I  think  ,  no 
doubt,  you  will  bo  pleased  to  know  tint  wo  are  aloe 
getting  along  nicely  bore.  Eo  havo  receive  many  ordoro,  of 
which,  I  presume  tho  office  tovo  adviced  you.  Our  organis¬ 
ation  lo  getting  Into  flrst-olaso  condition  and  bp  the 
time  of  your  roturn  I  think  yon  will  bo  agreeably  surprised 
in  tho  oaapletoncos  of  «nr  plant,  and  tho  economical  production 
of  our  oars. 

tsr.  Edison  wishes  to  bo  rcaerobored  to  you. 

Yours  truly, 




EXTRACT  prom  letter  from  mr.lisman  to  his  part  iters . 

I  am  about  to  tie  up  with  a  British  Group  who  are  interested  in 
a  largo  number  of  different  Tramway  lines  and  have  a  capital  of  five 
million  pounds.  Please  ask  Mr.  Beach  to  see  Mr.  Edison  and  get  Mr.  Edison 
to  instruct  Mr.  Monnot  to  keep  out  of  the  traction  field  as  he  is  seriously 
impeding  and  menacing  my  operations.  Monnot  has  been  trying  to  get  some 
of  these  people  to  inspect  some  other  cars  in  which  he  proposes  to  put  in 
Edison  Batteries,  hut  they  have  heard  so  much  about  different  batteries, 
that  they  do  not  seem  to  care  to  take  the  trouble  to  inspect  his  cars. 

I  am  absolutely  certain  that  I  am  on  the  right  track  in  handling  this 
situation  and  I  must  not  havo  any  interference. 

Referring  to  South  American  matters:  I  had  a  conference  with 

a  leading  South  American  merchant  today,  relative  to  organizing  a  com¬ 
pany  to  take  the  South  American  Rights.  Efforts  will  be  made  during  the 
next  week  or  two  to  interest  the  right  kind  of  people  to  push  . 

there.  The  Board  will  consist  of  the  President,  or  Chairman  of  the  Board 
of  one  of  the  big  Argentine  Railways,  a  representative  of  a  company  ^ich 
owns  a  large  group  of  Eleotrio  Sighting  Companies  in  Argentine ,  two  similar 
representatives  of  Brazil  interests,  and  one  or  two  men  representing 

jsw  srstf  a*.®  rr 

My  people  here  also  want  to  know  whether  both  Mr.  Edison  Mid 

we  fail  to  buy  in  order  to  keep  up  with  the  minimum  requirements  of  the 


^~~0 — 2-V 





*  Aug.  19th  1912, 

Hr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  N.J., 

"  -ftri 

.%  <  ,  H" 

r  Hr. Edison: 



T/e  are  getting  to  use  quite  a  good 
deal  of  power  down  here  and  the  price  which  you  are 
charging,  4/  is  not  really  very  high.  I  have  had  the 
matter  up  with  the  public  Service  Co.  hut  our  load  is 
not  sufficient  so  they  can  give  us  a  price  lower  than 
3-3/4/  per  K.W.  hr.  They  told  me  that  your  load  over 
at  the  Chemical  Works  is  about  the  same  and  that  they  will 
give  you  there  3-3/4/,  but  if  we  can  combine  them,  they 
will  give  us  a  rate  of  2/{  this  is  not  enact  but  iB  about 
where  we  would  get  off.  The  difficulty  is  that,  under  their 
rules,  two  concerns  cannot  oombine.  How  the  following  seems 
to  me  a  feasible  way  of  getting  around  the  difficulty!  inasmuch 
as  you  own  the  property,  why  can  you  not  make  a  contract  with 
the  Public  Service  Co.  and  say  to  them  that  you  would  propose 
to  buy  this  current  and  furnish  your  tenants  with  power.  I 
think  this  would  meet  the  difficulty.  It  might  be  included 
in  the  rent,  or  any  way  to  got  around  the  technical  diffic¬ 
ulty.  V/e  are  already  wired  up  and  the  apparatus  could  be  in¬ 
stalled  either  here  or  over  the  Chemical  V/orks,  and  in  fact 
will  save  us  both  a  whole  lot  of  money.  If  in  a  general  way 
this  meets  with  your  approval,  kindly  let  me  know  and  I  will 
finish  up  details  and  bring  it  to  you. 





She  Weetinghouse-Baldwin  Mining  locomotive  performance  ie  of 
course  remarkable,  principally  because  It  is  unusual,  but  1  realize  from 
your  bulletin  that  we  have  In  not  one,  but  a  great  many  instances  for  a 
period  of  several  years  secured  even  a  much  more  remarkable  result  from 
the  Edison  Battery  in  our  ears  under  varying  conditions  throughout  the 

If  you  intend  to  use  the  data  from  us  for  publication  in  those 
bulletins  or  otherwise,  please  advise  and  let  me  know  the  Bpace,  etc.  that 
the  bulletins  will  occupy  and  I  will  provide  you  from  time  to  time  with 
diaries  of  the  various  performances.  Including  photographs,  Inspectors' 
performance  records,  etc* 

For  instance,  we  have  a  combination  baggage,  smoking  and  main 
passenger  compartment  car  that  climbs  a  5%  grade  that  is  two  mileB  long, 
and  that  is  5%  constant  and  that  has  five  stops  in  the  grade,  and  the 
only  thing  we  did  to  alter  this  car  that  was  operating  on  a  12  mile  steam 
road  was  to  change  the  gear  ratio,  after  which  it  climbed  the  new  extension 
embodying  the  two  miles  of  5/t>  grade  without  any  difficulty  whatever,  and 
yet  the  car  operates  at  a  maximum  speed  of  26  miles  per  hour  at  level. 

There  are  a  great  many  other  similar  instances  which  I  realize 
with  your  Skill  and  the  space  at  your  disposal  you  could  elaborate  upon 
to  advantage. 

I  am  loaded  up  to  the  hilt,  but  if  you  can  use  these  experiences, 

I  will  get  them  up  from  time  to  time  at  home  nights  and  will  let  you  have  them. 

Meantime,  we  have  never  received  regularly  copies  of  new  bulletins 
printed  matter,  etc.  from  the  Edison  Works  without  special  request.  Mr.  Bee 
says  our  name  is  on  the  mailing  list  and  he  does  not  know  why  we  do  not 
receive  them.  In  any  case,  1b  it  possible  for  you  to  send  us  say  two  copies 
of  each  of  your  Army  &  Havy  Journal  Bulletins  or  letters  from  the  beginning 

U.H.H.  9/4/12/  -2. 

oC  tot  «P  «•  «»«•'  ■  ~W  “*  "*  “  ”"U 

help  the  general  cause  very  much. 

“  IZ,  S/STtott™  p»  carB'  ■  »»** 

you  vrlll  find  of  interest. 

Yours  truly 

Sales  Manager. 





tf '' 

Sept.  11,  1912. 

Ur.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange ,  Kew  Jersey. 

TraWTffTR SOflVIlJjB  fraction  Oo..  H.O. 

Uy  dear  Mr.  Edlsons 

Ue  are  having  a  fight  with  the  people  at  Hendersonville,  K.  C. 

Ue  sold  them  a  car  about  a  year  ago  and  the  truck  was  not  right.  Ve  replaced 
it.  tfe  have  done  everything  in  our  power  to  please  them.  They  have  continual. ly 
found  fault  and  Knocked  our  cars  and  your  battery.  They  gave  us  a  note  which 
has  gone  to  protest.  So  have  looked  up  their  principal  owner,  a  Mr.  Staton, 
and  as  far  as  we  can  find,  he  is  a  man  of  pretty  tough  reputation.  He  seems  to 
have  an  idea  that  by  appealing  to  you  on  the  ground  that  we  are  neglecting  him 
he  can  annoy  us.  As  a  matter  of  fact  we  have  done  dll  that  could  be  done 
in  reason  to  satisfy  him.  Furnished  him  a  new  truck;  kept  a  man  down  there 
to  show  him  how  to  operate  his  car.  I  believe  that  the  real  basis  of  his 
kick  is  that  he  don’t  want  to  pay  us.  His  operating  force  consists  of  one 
sixteen-year-old  boy. 

I  merely  write  you  this  in  order  that  in  case  you  do  hoar  from 
him  you  will  understand  the  situation.  Y7e  are  forcing  him  to  pay  the  note. 

YOurs  very  truly, 


ft.  ft.  Bench, 

vcderrO.  Storage  Battery  Cer  Co., 
Silvor  Bti’KO,  r.J. 

Poor  U,r.  Berch: 

Our  inspector,  Ur,  Bildebrant  recently 
inspected  the  battery  in  your  c- r  owned  By  the  rcoples 
Electric  Traction  Co.  of  Mush  ogee,  Ohio.  His  Inspection 
ftoport  just  received,  d'ted  fto’vtcnibcr  7th,  states  in  Tit 
as  follows: 

"This  cur  hes  Been  out  of  service  t- roe 
months  arc!  will  hardly  he  used  'g'in  as 
the  whole  line  now  hes  overhead  trolley 
system,  Another  re.- son  for  not  using 
the  car  is  the  drives,  hearings  and  motors 
would  not  hold  up.  Those  people  are  satis¬ 
fied  with  the  hett cries.  The  company  hr a 
been  bought  up  is  now  operated  by  the 
Mnakogoe  Electric  Treat  Ion  Co." 

Undoubtedly  this  is  no  news  to  you,  hut 
1  give  it  to  you  for  whet  it  is  worth.  I  had  heard 
nothing  of  tho  croo  until  receiving  this  report. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Chief  Electrical  Engineer. 


1JU  ^ 


STATON,  President 

D.  S.  PACE,  Secreta 

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Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison,* 
Orange,  N.  J. 

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Dear  sir : 

On  August  1,  1911,  we  contracted  with  the  Federal 
Storage  Battery  Car  Company  of  silver  Lake,  N.  J.  for  an 
Edison  storage  Car  for  which  we  were  to  pay  $6500.  <f/‘ 

We  ^gave  $1,000  with  order  anl  paid  $3,000  when  the  car  wa,s 
delivered.  Under  the  contract  the  car  was  to  be  delivered/-'' 
to  us  within  60  days  from  date  of  August  1st.  The  c; 
some  means  was  delayed  in  the  shops,  and  we  did  not 
receive  oar  until  the  15th  of  December,  1911. 

We  had  donations  to  the  amount  of  $3,000,  said  rv 
donations  subject  to  our  having  car  placed  on  the  track  and 
in  actual  service  in  60  days  (which  we  fully  explained  to 
the  Federal  storage  Battery  car  company  at  the  time  we  gave 
the  order),  otherwise,  the  donations  were  void.  As  the 
oar  was  greatly  delayed  the  donations  could  not  be  collected: 
but  we  did  collect  $1100  on  the  $3,000,  leaving  a  balanoe 
of  $1900 , net  loss  to  us  which  we  never  can  collect. 

Owing  to  the  fact  that  we  had  lost  the  $1900 
on  account  of  the  delay  in  the  shops,  and  as  the  Federal 
Storage  Battery  car  company  fully  understood  when  they  took 
the  order  that  the  oar  must  be  delivered  in  60  days  from  the 
date  of  August  1st.  We  had  quite  a  little  trouble  in  settleihg 
with  Mr.  Beach  but  we  finally  compromised  and  he  allowed 
us  $500  credit  on  the  oar.  we  gave  him  our  not  for  the 
balance  due  him,  said  amount  being  $3,000  due  in  six  months 
which  note  has  not  been  paid  from  the  fact  that  our  car 
has  been  giving  us  worlds  of  trouble  in  different  ways,  we 
have  been  worried  to  such  an  extent  that  we  have  offered 
Mr.  Beach  the  oar  if_he  would  pay  us  $3,000  of  our  money 

In  the  first  place  we  bought  the  car  with  the 
understanding  and  a  guarantee  that  it  would  climb  a  six 
per  cent  grade  under  heavy  load  one  thousand  feet  long  and 
that  it  would  give  us  entire  staisfaotion.  We  put  the  oar 
on  December  16th  and  a  representative  of  the  Federal 
Storage  Battery  Car  Company  was  on  the  grounds  and  he  tried 

.  STATON,  President 

D.  S.  PACE,  Secrei 

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as  best  he  could  to  get  the  car  to  run  satisfactory, hut  the 
oar  from  the  first  time  it  was  put  ?n  the  track  clid  not  pui: I. 
The  young  man  told  us,  who  represented  the  Federal  forage 
Battery  Car  company,  that  it  toolc  more  poYfertopullthe 
oar  '  a  distance  of  four  hundred  yards  (said  distance  did 
not  oover  any  grade)  than  it  took  to  pull  the  oar  he  had 
just  installed  on  another  traok  ten  miles.  The  young  man 
never  got  the  oar  to  run  satisfactory  and  it  would  not 
pull  the  hills  with  any  degree  of  satisfaction  at  all. 

we  worried  with  the  car  for  15  or  20  days  and 
during  the  winter  we  found  that  if  there  was  a  slight 
skiff  of  frost  on  the  track  the  car  would  not  pull,  he™?s 
we  were  forced  to  discontinue  the  running  of  our  oar  until 
May  4th,  1912.  On  that  date  we  opened  up  a  schedule  and 
finding  it  impossible  to  keep  said  schedule,  as  the  oar 
would  not  pull  satisfactory  we  were  forced  flled 

the  running  of  the  car  for  several  days  at  a  time  and  appealed 
to  Mr.  Soach  time  and  ag&in  for  assistance. 

Mr.  Beach  had  his  men  down  here  several  times 
trying  to  get  the  car  in  the  proper  condition  but  without 
suocess,  we  have  only  one  grade  of  six  per  cent  and  only 
three  hundred  feet  long.  The  oar  on  a  full  charge,  if  it 
had  any  load  at  all  at  times  would  completely  stall  and  we 
had  fLimlar  horse  at  the  bottom  of  the  grade  which  we  would 
hitch  toSthl  ca?  and  pull  up  to  the  top.  If  the  oar  came  up 
itself  it  would  come  so  slowly  that  a 
off  the  car,  light  his  cigar,  turn  around,  and  step  oaok 
on  without  any  trouble. 

Our  frame  under  the  car  gave  completely  out.  We 
spent  considerable  money  putting  in  oross  bars  for  the 
motors  to  hang  on  and  repairing  the  entire  car.  we  also  had 
to  reinforoe  the  outside  rails  which  were  very  very  light 
and  which  had  broken  almost  entirely  into. 

in  order  to  get  the  oar  to  runat  all  we  had  to 
run  15  minutes  and  charge  20  minutes. 'The ld 
condemned  on  this  account  by  Mr.  Beach  a  i men  ”  the/  said 
it  outfit  to  run  a  great  deal  more,  and  be  chargedlass. 
we  made  several  tests  and  under  heavy  charge  the  ^kr  would 
not  run  without  recharging .more  than  ten  totwelvemilos. 
Under  our  contract  the  oar  was  to  run  56: miles  i ^hout 
recharging.  The  car  has  been  this  way  since  the  first  day 
it  was  put  on  the  track  and  it  has  been  i ^i^n^eats 
laughing  matter  to  see  the  car  coming  down  the  streets. 

TATON.  Pr. 

5.  S.  PACE,  I 

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We  made  such  a  complaint  and  wa»  Soi‘?2  *°  ®b*ndon 
the  oar,  but  finally  Mr.  Beach  did  agree  to  Pnt  As  in  a 
new  trueK  The  truck  gave  un  a  little  more  speed  and  did 

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ahfour  per  cent  grade  on  account  of  the  wheels  slipping. 

She  batteries  have  also  given  us  a  lot  of  trouble 



oannot  run  it  at  all. 

we  have  ashed  Mr.  Beach  to  help  us  out  of  our 
trouble  in'  some  way  and  he  positively  refuaes,  stating 
that  he  will  not  assist  or  negotiate  any  furthe  wiun  u 

but  trouble  from  the  beginning  and  w®. 7 
for  heln  to  have  our  batteries  repaired  as  they  are 
guaranteed  for  three  years. 

Mr.  3eaoh  will  probably  advise; vou,  "e  t 


we  have  been  worKing  one  young  man  who  has  had 
in  the  south. 

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ThanKing  you  in  advance,  we  beg  to  remain 
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Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Dear  sir: 

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Referring  to'  your  letter  of  recent  date  and  in 
connect  ion  with  our  car  wh^h  we  purchased  from  -he 
Storage  Battery  Car  company  of  silver  Lake,  H.  J.  whio 
is  8 tanking  on  our  tracj/ unable  to  run  at  an. 

we  beg  that/you  ship  ub  the  ingredients  to 
our  batteriee  and  th6t  you  have  a  man  come  dovm  at  our 


to  us  for  a  period  of  three  years  that  somebody  is 
responsible,  and  we  tatce  it  that  you  will  see  to  it  that  ve 
get" our  car  in  shape  and  running  order  in  the  near  futu.e. 

It  seems  that  the  Federal  Storage  Battery  Car 
Company  has  only  looked  from  their  side,  l^gall 

we  don't  wish  to  do  anything  little  about  the 

that  can  be  done  for  us  immediately  as  we  are  losing  f_om 
$p.O  to  Sso  a  day. 

See  reeSlindM  ti  ®  .ban  ia  TOfeMnea.  m  .re  not  ClSae 

a  white  elephant  on  our  hands  as  this  car  has  been  irom  tne 



and  oblige 

Please  let  us  know  what  you  will  do  for  us  at  once, 

Yours  truly , 

THdiAS  A  EDISOT,  Incorporated. 

October  3rd,  1912. 

3ilver  talcs  Plant 

Public  service  Electric  Oo., 

Newark,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sires 

Replying  to  your  favor  of 

I  the  real  estate  and  building6  at  Belmont  Avonue  & 
Franklin  Street,  occupied  under  lease  by  the  Federal  Storage 
Eattery  Car  Company.  I  have  in  the  past  furnished  them 

with  current  from  our  plant  at  the  Edison  Chemical  Works  on 
Belmont  Avenue  at  Silver  Lake  viiich  I  also  ovm. 

As  the  present  facilities  which  we  operate  at  the 
Chemioal  '< orks  are  not  adequate  either  for  the  Primary  Battery 
or  Chemioal  Works  there  nor  for  the  Federal  Company  at  Franklin 
Street,  vie  pla)1  to  secure  an  installation  from  you  with  a  supply 
of  current  sufficient  to  provide  for  all  needs,  the  same  to  be 
furnished  under  one  contract,  and  if  I  make  such  contract  with 
you,  I  would  in  the  future  as  I  have  in  the  past,  furnish  current 
to  the  Federal  Company  as  well  as  lease  the  land  and  buildings  to 

Yours  very  truly. 





October  4,  1912. 

Hr.  Harr y  Hiller,  Secretary, 
Edison  labratorios. 

Orange,  H.  J. 

Some  time  ago  we  had  letter  from  you  stating  that  Hr.  Edison  asked 
that  we  get  together  with  the  Chemical  Works  with  a  view  of  securing  a  rate 
from  the  lUblic  Service  Electric  Co.,  for  supplying  energy  to  the  ccrr, binod 
interests,  which  has  been  done. 

Before  they  will  submit  a  proposed  contract  they  require  something 
in  writing  from  Edison  showing  the  Interest  he  has,  so  as  to  evade  the 
Public  Utilities  Act.  We  have  represented  to  the  Public  Service  that  Hr. 
Edison  has  no  other  interest  in  our  Company,  further  than  he  owns  tho 
buildings,  and  if  in  the  future  we  make  a  contract  with  the  Public  Service 
for  current,  it  will  be  done  under  the  name  of  Hr.  Edison,  he  leasing  to 
us  tho  buildings,  real  estate  and  furnishing  tho  power,  -which  the  Public 
Scrvioo  Engineer,  Hr.  Hichards  says  will  be  satisfactory. 

Considering  the  combined  load  of  our  plant  as  well  as  the  Chemical 
Works  and  Primary  Battery  plant,  the  understanding  is  that  the  contract  will 
stipulate  the  rate  of  1.9  cants  per  K.W.  hour.  We  pay  the  Chemical  Works 
4  cents  nor  K.  W.  hour  now  with  freo.uent  interruptions  and  low  voltage  which 
does  not' permit  the  operation  of  our  plant  properly  or  the  charging  of  our 
la  rge  oars  which  we  test  from  time  to  time.  2ho  attached  form  of  letter 
•will  I  think,  cover  this  situation;  if  you  v/ili  fill  in  the  name  of  addressee 
and  date  of  the  letter  sent  to  Hr.  Edison. 

Hi-.  Bc-aoh  instructs  me  to  handle  this  in  this  way,  in  accordance  with 
his  recent  conversation -with  Hr.  Edisai  on  the  subject.  Will  you  be  so  good 
as  to  let  mo  know  whsh  action  is  taken,  so  that  installation  may  bo  hastened, 
as  at  present  we  are  up  against  it  for  proper  power  facilities. 




SILVER  LAKE.  NEW  JERSEY  October  15,  1912. 


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Dear  Sirs 

lir.  Beijoh  informed  the  writer  that  Llr.  Edison 
had  agreed  to  stand  ono-th£rd  of  tho  expense  connected 
with  the  demonstration  of  the  throe  Cuban  oars  at  Long 
Beach,  Ur.  Lisman  assuming  another  third  and  ourselves 
the  remainder.  Enclosed  you  will  find  a  memorandum  show¬ 
ing  what  the  expense  amounted  to.  Y<’ill  you  at  your  con¬ 
venience  bring  this  matter  to  Ur.  Edison's  attention  and 
if  satisfactory  to  him  and  in  accordance  with  his  recollection 
please  so  advise  and  at  the  sarno  time  state  if  wo  shall 
make  out  bill  for  one-third  of  this  amount,  $L78.55,  and 
render  to  Ur.  Edison  or  for  the  account  of  tho  Edison  Storage 
Battery  Co. 



Expanse,  long  ioach. 

j  October  14.  1912. 

Federal  Storage  Battery  Car  Company 

Eria  E. 

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Exjonsa'  i 
Erf  onoe  i  o 

First  Pay 
Second  Day 
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Hat  Bands 

pity-  Put.  Ser.  Co. 




SILVER  LAKE.  NEW  JERSEY  October  22,  1912. 

Hr.  n.  It.  Hutchinson, 
Thomas  •  Edison,  Inc., 

%  dear  Hutch: 

Herewith  I  return  your  memorandum  and  clipping  from  the 
Son  Antonio  light,  v/hich  was  in  fact  an  editorial  inspired  by  my  brother, 
who  lives  at  San  Antonio.  You  criticise  that  ha  knows  nothing  about 
boosting.  Ho  lia£  got  "ballod"  a  littlo  bit  but  our  orperionco  Inis  bean 
and  I  am  sure  you  havo  suffered  likewise  the  newspapers  in  publishing 

editorials  ospeciaily  on  such  technical  subjocts  usually  got  confused. 
However ,  you  will  notico  ho  states  that  a  rf&art  of  electricity  may  bo  put 
in  a  pint  accuramulator  if  it  is  an  Edison  Accumulator.  So  date  wo  have 
received  sovora'l  hundrod  articlos,  many  of  v;hich  are  editorials  from 
daily  papers  throughout  the  country  and  all  of  thorn  to  dato  are  higlily 
favorable,  but  technical  discussions  are  confined  to  Trade  Journals 
who  havo  the  "dope-  right. 




Hr.  H.  F.  Hiller,  Secretary 
ThanaE  A.  Edison,  Inc., 

Orange,  E.  J. 

Dear  Sirs 

We  enclose  herewltn  let  cor  irum  jjarucn  .urotnere,  t>u  nrcaav 
dated  the  19th  instant,  together  with  copy  of  our  reply,  for  your 

October  24,  1912. 


Baruch  Brothers 

October  19,  1912. 

Mr.  Ralph  Beach, 

c/o  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co., 
Orange,  Hew  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir:- 

\Ve  have  had  an  inquiry  from  one  of  our  clients  in 
regard  to  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.  and  we  snould  be 
pleased  to  receive  such  statements  of  the  capitalization  and 
resources  of  the  Company  as  you  would  care  to  make  public.  Viill 
you  also  please  send  me  any  literature  you  may  have  which  would 
show  the  different  kinds  of  batteries  you  are  manufacturing  at 
present  and  give  us  a  statement  as  to  their  efficiency  etc. 

Is  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.  at  the  present  time 
manufacturing  a  line  of  electrical  trucks  or  are  they  simply  sell 
ing  their  batteries  to  other  manufacturers?  Can  you  give  me  the 
names  of  any  manufacturers  who  are  using  the  Edison  batteries 
in  their  trucks? 

Thanking  you  for  the  courtesy  of  an  early  reply,  v.e 
beg  to  remain. 

Yours  very  truly. 



October  24,  1912. 

Hesere.  Baraoh  Brothers, 

60  Broadway, 

Hew  fork. 


We  hare  your  favor  of  the  19th  ah cst  the  Idle on  Storage  Battery 
Co.,  which  X  have  referred  directly  to  them  at  Oange,  H.  J.  ly  only 
aseoolatlon  with  that  Company  1b  that  I  use  the  Edison  Battery  for 
traction  purposes. 

I  take  plea  Bure  In  sending  yon  a  eet  of  literature  toiler  separate 


Tonra  uBry  truly, 

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Your  favor  of  Oct.  16th  relative  to  storage  battery  car  for  camp  32 
haB  been  referred  to  us  by  Hr.  Hutchinson  of  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co., 
on  November  1st.  We  are  sending  yon  a  complete  set  of  literature  under 
separate  cover  describing  our  cars:  equipped  with’  Edison  batteries,  together 
with  print  9/3/12  of  storage  battery  locomotive.  It  is  not  clear  to  up 
from  your  letter  whether  you  wont  a  locomotive  to  haul  a  trailer  or  whether 
you  want  a  combination  car  to  handle  baggage,'  freight  and  passengers.  Your 
letter  states  the  latter,  but  the  data  siioet  enclosed  Beans  to  refer  to  Si¬ 
lo  comotive. 

We  enclose  herewith  exterior  view  of  a  single  truck  combination  car 
together  with  with  interior  view  of  the  baggage  compartment  and  floor  sketch  of  this 
oar,  whiltyi  is  29»  7"  overall  length  and  passenger  compartment  seats  20  passengers 
and  baggage  oompartment  three  passengars  comfortably  with  maximum  of  five  passengers. 
She  baggage  compartment  is  8-1/2  foet  inside  maximum  length.  ThiB  car  is  probably 
what  you  want  but  we  do  not  know  battery  equipment  required,  and  cannot  give  you 
a  price  on  the  car  pending  other  details  from  you.  Will  you  be  so  good,  as  to 
let  us  have  data  sheet  filled  in  of  which  we  send  you  a  set  of  blanks  under  separate 
cover  and  inoluse  also  a  profile  of  your  line  so  that  we  may  know  the  length  of 
the  line,  elevation  and  location  of  your  gradeB,  which  we  note  are  rather  heavy. 

Also  please  advise  whether  the  Tanana  Valley  type  of  car  is  suitable  in  a  general 
way.  Xf  not  do  you  prefer  a  lccomotire.  We  observe  you  specify  air  brakes. 

A  compressor  on  these  oars  ubo  considerable  current,  especially  with  a  small  battery 
which  we  believe  would  be  suitable  for  your  work,  and  if  the  motor  compressor  1b 
not  installed  on  the  car  you  would  have  to  go  to  the  expense  og  securing  a  station 
motor  compressor,  unlese,  you  have  compressed  air  available  so  that  we  could  Use 
a  storage  system  air  brake.  We  are  installing  a  car  In  California  on  a  line  which 
hae  a  very  long  13$  grade  and  purchaser  has  agreed  upon, and  we  believe  it  is  safer 
to  install*  a  auxiliary  emergency  brake  than  to  install  air  brake. 

PleasC  advise  in  this  respect. 

Yours  vers 

2B/P  d/s 





November  27,  1912. 

II.  Meadowcroft , 

I  have  the  correspondence  attached  to  ray  letter  of  the 
13th  with  memorandum  notation  on  same  about  the  Multinola  phonofynph. 

I  thank  you  Pti  lcindly  for  havin'-  submitted  the  matter 
to  Mr.  Eli  son.  17111  you  be  so  ro  od  ar  to  return  by  first  post  the  roll 
of  papers  includin':  prints,  etc.,  which  I  handed  you  at  the  same  time  in 
tho  mailing  tube,  and.  very  pro-tly  oblif-e?. 




Sovecior  27,  1912. 

2jr.  w.  H.  Yoadowcroffc , 

FI  icon  Isbrntory, 

Orar.frc ,  K,  J. 

Bear  Kir: 

Herewith  clipping  from  tho  Denver  Boat  written  by  Hr.  O^ilvy 
to  whom  Hr.  Biison  was  f?ood  enough  to  ffive  interview  With  Hr 1  Perrine 
myself.  ?his  article  will  he  followed  in  a  week  or  :.o  ertcnci' 

on  "Lieht  Dural  Hallways"  made  possible  with  the  Llison  battery. 

Yours  very  truly. 





Hr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  II.  J. 

LIy  door  Ur.  Edison: 

NEW  JERSEY  ,<  Eovombor  2 

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I  tovo  received  a  request  from  Up.  John  II.  Jflmv.  Secretary 
of  the  Washington  Section  of  the  American  Institute  of  Electrical  Engineers 
to  mate  an  address  before  that  body  on  the  second  Ihiooday  in  December  on^ 
the  Edison  Battery  and  its  various  applications,  particularly  as  applyfca 

to  driving  oars. 

Kindly  lot 

loiow  if  it  is  agreeable  to  you  that  J,  should  do  thi: 


Eonr  Rir 

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Jn  thorn  any 
Ci,n  ho  attached  to  strcet-cari 
order  to  diminish  the  fearful 

they  produce  '.vhile 

Thanh ing  y°u  in  advance 

for  the  information,  and  apologizing 
for  the  trouble,  I  beg  to  remain, 


Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Battery,  Storage  -  Foreign  -  General  (E-12-17) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  concerning 
the  commercial  development  of  Edison's  alkaline  storage  battery  in  foreign 
countries.  Included  is  discussion  of  battery-powered  streetcars,  electric 
vehicles,  naval  vessels,  and  other  applications.  Most  of  the  documents  for 
1912  pertain  to  arrangements  involving  Edison,  Ralph  H.  Beach  of  the 
Federal  Storage  Battery  Car  Co.,  and  banker  Frederick  J.  Usman,  who  was 
authorized  to  market  Beach's  battery-powered  railway  cars,  equipped  with 
Edison  batteries,  in  Russia,  other  European  countries,  and  South  America. 
Other  correspondents  include  John  F.  Monnot,  representative  of  the  Edison 
Storage  Battery  Co.  in  Great  Britain  and  parts  of  Continental  Europe,  and 
Miller  Reese  Hutchison,  Edison's  personal  representative. 

All  of  the  documents  have  been  selected  except  duplicates  and  variant 
versions  of  selected  items. 

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Journal,  lie  acids! 

"About  the  f  3  nancial  arrangements  Mr.  Edison  and  you 
have  made  for  me,  X  truly  do  net  know  how  to  express  myself .  ^fanJa/isfy 
of  gratitude  have  become  so  shop-worn,  that  they  never  seem  sin¬ 
cere.  I  will  then  say  simply  that  I  thank  you  for  your  liberality, 
and  can  only  hope  that  I  may  remain  worthy  of  your  good  opinions. 

I  think  I  can  best  show  my  appreciation  by  keeping  you 
informed  as  to  how  things  are  going  over  here.  V/e  have  a  long 
distance  between  us,  and  yeu  people  at  Orange  une  apt  to  get  dis¬ 
torted  id v  ;  it  to  the  situation.  I  shall,  therefore,  make  free  with 
my  opinions,  upon  all  matters,  effecting  the  Company,  no  matter 
whom  they  concern,  as  X  know  you  will  treat  them  absolutely  con¬ 
fidentially,  and  will  see  that  they  do  not  get  me  into  "hot  water" 
w : fch  my  colleagues  over  here. 

•I  wish  to  have  my  salary,  expenses,  etc.  eminate  from 
your  office,  so  that  I  can  remain  a  free  lance,  independent  of  the 
London  Office.  I  can  see  that  will  be  the  most  advisable  method.  I 
do  not,  under  any  circumstances,  wish  to  sever  my  direct  conre  c 
ions  with  the  Horne  Office. 

As  to  conditions  here! 

Due  to  the  exhibition  at  Olympia,  the  London  Office  was 
inundated  with  over  2,000  inquiries.  A  couple  of  firms  wished  the 

,  -•  +  to  usB  Edison  Cells')  upon  existing  omnluus  l^net.,  and  '<ere 
I;;:.,  to  error  500,000  Pounds  as  a  pledge.  Due  to  the  complication 
of  Mr.  Monnot  faking  over  the  agency,  nobody  know  a  just  '.here  wa 
g tand •  He  Informs  me  that  he  did  not  intend  to  open  the  battery 
to  the  -  market,  hut  would  perhaps  found  an  "Edison  Traction  Co." 
or  some  such  nronogl tion,  for  its  exclusive  use,  hut  at  present 
he  would  not  sell  Vehicle  Batteries. 

While  I  am  in  agreement  with  him,  it  would  not  do  to 
sell  the  Vehicle  Ba tteryfdiscriminately ,  without  due  investigat¬ 
ion  of  the  type  of  equipment  in  which  it  should  he  installed, 
hardly  see  where  it  is  a  gain  to  us  to  allow  a  monopoly  of  one.  make 
of  vehicle.  It  gives  an  immense  advantage  to  the  latter  at  our  ex- 

Now,  I  don't  know  what  agreement  you  made  v.i'/n  Mr.  Monn 

ve  raa  our  representative.  Perhaps 
■but  you  have  stated  to  me  that  ne  us  ™  i 

I  misunderstood  his  statements,  and  that  he  does  intend  -  to  open 
the  cell  to  the'  general  public,  after  due  investigations  of  the 
merits  of  each  customer. 

This  is  a  delicate  thing  to  mention,  and  I  am  writing, 
as  before  stated,  in  strict  confidence,  between  Mr.  Edison,  yourself 
’  and  myself.  I  don't  doubt  Mr.  Monnot's  good  faith,  but  I  think 
he  is  following  a  mistaken  policy  if  he  act3  .as  I  nave  outlined. 

1  will  have  a  long  talk  with  him  in  the  near  future,  and  get  nxs 
ideas  correctly,  as  it  is  suite  pro’oable  that  I  misunderstood  nis 

The  Sales  Department  that  Mr.  Monnot  has  organized  seems 
to  be  paralyzed  by  the  number  of  inquiries  which  were  turned  over 
to  it  by  the  Edison  Works.  This  is  to  he.  expected,  and  I  know  they 
will  all  see  their  way  in  time,  but  there  is  f rictio^between  -ne 


PXfSl  -S  *' 



JW\  JOHN  F.  MONNOT  M.E  -  A.S.M.E. 

^  \  /  Seul  Concessionnalre 

p  *  >  n  ^  -/ 


My  dear 

PARIS,  LE  X6t'n^„. 

x  k  a  /  !  o 

r Thomas  A.  Edison,  ^ 

..  *>* 

«L^  ? 

^  v\ 

X  am  pleased  to  inform  you  that  the  bill  of  Josef 
Bardi  of  Budapest  for  repairs  on  the  Daimler  car  I  had  hired  for  you  , 
has  been  settled.  On  receipt  of  your  cable  I  had  taken  steps  to  :  U  ‘_t> 
release  the  guarantee  given  by  the  Budapest  General  Electric  and  Mr.  V-^i 
jehl.  I  am  very  sorry  that  they  have  been  put  to  any  trouble  in  \s~y 

this  matter,  and,  if  they  had  written  to  me  instead  of  to  you  it 
would  have  been  settled  without  annoying  you. 



I  have  been  very  busy  since  my  return  organizing  the  Storage- 
Battery  business  and  have  supplied  already  a  few  batteries  for  car  d  j  jj  > 
lighting  and  for  yatch  purposes.  Pox  has  been  at  Flllesden  Junction^  |  * 

forming  the  stock  of  batteries,  which  is  now  ready,  and  X  am  taking  — j  3  “ 
him  over  to  Paris  to  form  the  stock  here.  ■  -j,  . 

I  have  secured  a  suitable  place  in  Paris  where  I  can  get  •  j:  ^ 
electric  current  generated  on  the  premises  at  a  much  lower  price 

that  it  is  possible  1 

)  obtain  from  the  Central  Station. 

I  have  not  yet  received  the  demonstrating  and  show  room 
trucks  and  cars  from  Anderson  and  this  is  causing  me  some  serious 
inconvenience  as  I  have  many  people  waiting  to  make  tests  on  the 
cars  before  purchasing.  I  have  been  cabling  and  writing  to  him 
and  expect  to  receive  them  soon.'  The  prospects  for  business  are 
very  good  and  I  expect  that  when  I  get  the  cars  I  will  be  able  to 
make  good, sales. 

The  tests  which  have  been  made  up  to  now  by  the  Paris 
General  Omnibus  C°.  for  the  lighting  of  the  autobusses  are  going  ^ 
on  satisfactorily  and  I  am  equipping  now  3  new  busses  with  6  A. 4 ^ 
cells  instead  of  the  12  B.4  as  you  have  suggested  to  me  when  you .. 
were  in  Paris.  When  this  Company  has  lun  these  busses  for  the  - 
necessary  time  te  determine  the  practability  of  the  system  I  am 



Mr.  Thomg 


“  5T 


snlfi.'^as vf 

assured  that,  I  will  get  the  order  for  all  their  lighting,  which^will 
he  very  important, 

5“«rjar5  x 

S  sss^s 

sue o essful  w e  may  expect  to  get  a  very  large  order  from  them.  — 

X  regret  to  have  to  tell  you  again  that  Bergmann  isstiU 
offering  his  battery  for  sale  outside  of  Germany  ana  Austria  and  I 
?±£ow  instances  where  he, has  quoted  prices very  much  lower- than 
we  can  make.  This  creates  a  very  bad  impression  especially  as  he 
is  still  supplying  a  battery  of  very  inferior  quality.  I  just 
received  to-day  a  letter  from  one  of  my  salesmen  who  is  now  in 
Belgium,  that  Bergmann  has  delivered  a  battery  £0^ini^n&C  * 
of  Antwerp  for  a  commercial  truck.  The  test  of  this  truck  was  s< 
bad  that  the  people  said  that  it  was  scanaalous  t°deliversuch  , 
batteries  and  the  results  have  been  spread  all  over  Belgium.  , 

X  told  you  already,  this  creates  a  very  bad  impression  ana. 
your  good  name  in  Europe., 

As  you  told  me  you  had  a  contract  with  Bergman n 
he  cannot  export  batteries  outside  of  Germany  and  Austria  I  think 
that  it  is  absolutely  urgent  that  you  should  notify  him  to  keep  his 
extract  Lf  not  interfere  with  the  work  I  am  doing  in  the  balance 
o-f  Europe.  If  he  is  going  on  discrediting  the  Edison  battery  in 
Germany  it  is  bad  enough  but  he  must  be  kept  from  doing  it  |1  - 

where.  In  view  of  the  information  I  had  I  wrote  to  oergmann  on 
December  23th.  last  advising-  him  that  I  was  handling  your  ba  iy 
outside  of  Germany  and  Austria  and  that  I  requested  him  instruct 
his  agents  to  not  offer  his  battery  for  sale  outside. ***  *err: 1 
tory  and  also  asking  him  to  make  arrangements  with  me  for  the 
batteries  I  will  require  in  Germany  for  the  Amerson  cars  ana  trucks 
I  mav  sell  there.  I  am  enclosing  copy  of  his  Company  ,s  answer  ol 
thrifSth.  inst.  by  which  you  will  see  that  it  is  necessary  that 
you  should  write  him  directly. 

Please  remember  that  you  have  promised  1 
of  your  new  rectifiers  and  I  would  like  to  have  s< 
possible  as  they  will  be  very  useful  for  charging 
batteries  in  the  garages. 

I  have  also  quite  some  demands  for  the  small  portable 
cell  and  I  hope  you  will  be  able  soon  to  have  them  ready  fob  the 
market  .' 

I  hope  that  you  are  in  good  health  and  that  everything 
is  going  according  to  your  wishes. 

With  best  regards  I  remain. 

Yours  sincerely^/ 



Drontheumerstr,  55/36, 


Jan  13th.  191S. 

Mr.  John  P.  Monnot, 

51,  rue  Daru,  Paris, 

Dear  Sir, 

Your  letter  of  the  23th.  ult.  addressed  to  our  Director 
General,  Mr.  Bergmann  has  been  referred  to  us  for  attention. 

We  have  noted  your  re 'narks  in  connection  with  the  sale  of 
the  Edison  Storage  Battery  in  Europe,  but  would  beg  to  point  out 
that  as  we  have  received  no  formal  intimation  from  Mr.  EH  son  of 
the  arrangement  to  which  you  refer,  we  cannot  naturally  regard  your 
letter  as  official,  until  this  has  been  duly  confirmed  from  the 
proper  quarters. 

With  regard  to  the  cells  you  may  require  for  electric  cars 
sold  in  Germany  and  Austria,  we  shall  be  pleased  to  go  into  this 
matter  further  and  quote  you  prices,  if  you  will  let  us  have  parti¬ 
culars  concerning  the  sizes  of  the  cells,  etc.  you  are  likely  to 

Yours  very  truly, 

(signed)  per  Berthold 

January  18,  19X2. 

Mr.  .Edison,- 

In  reference  to  your  memo  on  correspondence 
relative  to  Government  batteries,  for  Europe,  Austria  and 
Germany  excepted:  • 

We  embodied  in  our  letter  to  the  Monnot  that  all 
inquiries  from  the  Governments  were  to  be  turned  over  to 
me,  and  were  to  be  handled  direct  from  Orange.  He  so 
understands  this. 

Government  work  is  never  of  such  urgency  as  to 
demand  immediate  reply.  The  conditions  are  speoial,  and  I 
think  the  matter  should  be  handled  by  me  direct,  ih  order 
that  the  special  conditinas  obtaining,  and  whiOft  are  not 
understood  by  laymen,  a&Bt'be  provided  for. 

I  am  writing,  Monnot,  askjrBg  fchajt  herforward  all 
these  Government  inquiries  at  once,  so  that  I  can  give 
them  immediate  attention. 




Mr.  Edison: 

3?eb.  1,  1912. 

Mr.  Stevens  lias  brought  the  attached  letter  to 
my  attention  which  you  have  approved. 

Upon  reflection,  I  believe  this  is  a  wrong 
policy  for  us  to  follow,  and  I  wish  you  would  reconsider 
the  matter. 

In  the  first  place,  the  arrangement  would  be 
effective  at  the  present  time  only  in  connection  with 
Europe  (with  the  exception  of  Germany  and  Austria)  and  in 
connection  with  Australia.  Yet,  we  have  patents  in  other 
countries,  such  as  India  and  Japan.  How  are  we  going  to 
control  the  situation  in  these  ether  countries  where  wo  have 
no  representative?  Obviously,  by  telling  Anderson  and  the 
others  to  go  ahead  and  equip  their  vehicles  with 
batteries,  chip  them  abroad  and  remit  the  royalty  to  us. 

It  seems  to  me  that  this  ought  to  be  done  with  Honnot 
and  with  II.  3.  limited.  I  believe  it  would  result  in  annoy¬ 
ance  and  complications  for  a  person  in  Australia,  for  example, 
to  buy  a  vehicle  from  Anderson,  have  it  shipped  to  Australia 
and  buy  the  batteries  from  U.  3.  limited  and  have  them  put 
the  batteries  in  the  vehicle.  Vfe  certainly  would  not  sell 
any  more  batteries  this  way  and  we  might  sell  less,  because 
if  a  purchaser  was  only  a  little  disposed  in  favor  of  the 
Edison  battery  this  small  annoyance  might  change  him  in 
favor  of  the  lead. 

furthermore,  I  do  not  see  why  we  are  required  to 

make  this  special  concession  to  llonnot  and  II.  B.  Limited.  VI e 
do  not  do  it  in  the  case  of  the  Beach  Car  and  why  should  we 
do  it  in  the  case  of  any  other  piece  of  apparatus  which  nay 
ho  furnished  with  the  Edison  battery?  neither  llonnot  nor 
II.  3.  limited  guarantee  to  do  a  definite  amount  of  business 
and  in  my  opinion  could  not  expect  us  to  do  any  more  than 
protect  them  in  the  sale  of  Edison  batteries  as  such,  and 
not  in  the  sale  of  vehicles  and  other  apparatus  cquippe  d  with 
Edison  batteries. 

If  wo  carry  out  this  arrangement  there  is  an 
opportunity  for  much  confusion  in  case  Anderson  vehicles  or 
other  apparatus  equipped  with  Edison  batteries  go  into  for¬ 
eign  territory  without  the  manufacturer's  knowledge.  A 
man  might  buy  a  "Detroit  Electric"  in  lien  York  and  take  it 
to  London,  ant  we  know  from  past  experience  that  this  would 
be  the  cause  of  much  correspondence. 

Suppose  we  are  successful  in  having  automobile 
manufacturers  adopt  Edison  batteries  for  ignition  or  for  start¬ 
ing  purposes?  This  is  not  an  improbability  at  all,  and  there 
would  be  endless  confusion  if  every  one  of  the  cars  had  to 
be  shipped  abroad  without  batteries  and  bo  supplied  with 
batteries  by  llonnot  or  Ii.  '3.  Limited.  The  situation  might 
be  oven  worse  if  the  battery  is  adopted  for  other  purposes, 
siteh  as  for  gas  engine  ignition  or  Y/elsbach  lighting. 

IIow  is  the  time  for  us  to  decide  the  question 
correctly,  and  not  establish  a  lot  of  precedents  that  will 
embarrass  us  in  the  future.  It  seems  to  me  that  all  that 
monnot  and  II.  3.  limited  can  expect  us  to  do  is  not  to  fill 


orders  from  their  territory  end  to  refer  orders  from  their 
territory  to  them.  This  would  practically  give  Doth  of  them 
the  right  to  interest  automobile  and  true!:  manufacturers 
in  their  territories  in  the  Edison  proposition  and  agree  to 
furnish  them  with  batteries.  Sup  ose  Hoimot  or  II.  B»  limited 
did  this  and  furnished  Edison  batteries  to  true!:  or  vehicle 
manufacturers  in  their  territory-is  it  not  practically 
certain  that  they  would  take  little  interest  in  supplying 
the  Edison  batteries  for  lansden  or  Detroit  Electrics  that 
might  be  shipped  into  their  territory?  A  more  probable 
.caBe  is  this:  Monnot,  I  understand,  has  the  agency  for 
the  lansden  truck  and  naturally  he  will  push  it  as  hard  cs 
possible.  Suppose  the  General  Vehicle  Co.  succeeds  in 
working  up  a  business  in  England,  wouldn't  they  naturally 
resent  having  to  go  to  Honnot  for  their  batteries  for  G.V. 

She  only  objection  I  can  see  is  in  connection  with 
royalties,  but  all  that  would  be  necessary  would  be  to  tell 
our  customers  that'  when  batteries  are  furnished  for  shipment 
in  certain  foreign  countries  royalties  must  be  paid.  ie 
would  have  to  do  this  now  in  the  case  of  any  bat to Tins  shipped 
to  India  or  Japan,  and  I  do  not  seo  why  we  cannot  do  it  just 
as  well  in  the  ease  of  any  batteries  shipped  to  Europe  or 

In  this  connection,  is  it  your  understanding 
that  the  exclusive  arrangement  with 'Anderson  extends  to  for¬ 
eign  countries?  That  is  not  my  undr rstsnding  at  all.  In 
other  words,  if  the  Baker  Co.  has  orders  for  Baker  vehicles 


to  T,e  shipped  hona  fide  to  Europe  or  Australia,  should  there 
ho  any  objection  to  our  furnishinE  Edison  batteries  to  them 
for  this  purpose? 




The  Anderson  Eleotrio  Oar  Co., 
Detroit,  Uloh. 


You  will  undoubtedly  rooelve  from  time  to  time,-  foreign 
inquiries  in  roferenoe  to  the  sole  of  your  eleotrio  vehloles,  sane  to 
bo  equipped  with  Edison  storage  batteries,  and  in  order  that  there  may 
be  no  misunderstanding  in  refercnoe  to  the  sale  of  Edison  storage  batteries 
in  foreign  countries,  we  beg  to  advise  that  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co., 
of  Orange,  II. J.,  only  oontrol  the  sale  of  Edison  batteries  in  the  United 
States  and  Canada,  and  are  only  permitted  to  sell  in  those  territories. 

The  foreign  nale  of  Edison  batteries  is  controlled  by  parties 
owning 'the  foreign  patent  rights,  and  they  are  obliged  to  pay  Ur.  EdiBon 
royalties  oovering  his  batteries  as  followa;- 

Ttype  B-2  Cells  1  .10  Per  Cell 

It  A— 4 

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"  A-10 


V.'e  simply  give  yon  this  information,  in  order  to  avoid  any  compli¬ 
cations  which  may  arise  between  your  good  selves  and  the  parties  holding  Edison 
■storage  battery  patent  rights  in  foreign  countries  should  you  exeoute  foreign 
orders  for  your  eleotrio  vehioles  equipped  with  Edison  Btorage  batteries. 

Tory  truly  yours. 


Hanager,  Foreign  Departme 




1,  19X2. 

Hr .  Hutchinson: 

In  reference  to  the  attached  memorandum  from 
Hr.  Lannhan,  what  is  the  special  reason  for  the  proposed 
foreign  patents?  17c  already  have  patents  in  all  the  countries 
you  mention,  except  Argentine,  Brasil  and  Chile;  hut  entirely 
aside  from  the  patents.  Hr.  Edison  has  always  felt  that  it 
would  he  a  very  difficult  matter  for  anyone  to  ms: re  a  satis¬ 
factory  Edison  battery.  I  presume  your  recommendation  is 
based  on  some  special  consideration  regarding  Submarines,  and 
as  X  will  have  to  tube  the  matter  up  with  Hr-  Edison  I  wish 
you  would  make  it  clear  to  me  so  that  I  can  correctly  explain 
the  situation  to  him. 

P1B/IVA7  5” 


February  2,  1912, 

Mr.  Byer ,- 

X  have  your  memo  2038-A,  of  February  1,  enclos¬ 
ing  memo  from  Lanahan,  In  the  matter  of  Foreign  Patents 
for  charging  secondary  cells,  and  utilizing  the  current 
therefrom,  Polio  785. 

ThiB  invention  is  of  especial  value  on  sub- 
marines  and  electric  locomotives.  Especially  doea^hiB  ob¬ 
tain  in  submarines,  because  there  we  have  great  difficulty 
in  cooling  the  cells  when  charging  rapidly.  Of  "8°®„tilat- 
the  size  of  the  air  Intake  and  outlet  pipes ,  for  ventilat 
ing  and  cooling,  are  small,  owing  to  the  ^ifficultyof 
occluding  such  a  passage,  if  of  considerable  diameter,  to 
prevent  ingress  of  water,  when  submerged. 

In  this  patent,  I  divide  each  cell  into  s^eral 
groups,  and  treat  each  group  separately.  That  is,  auppos- 
inp  we  have  an  S-20,  consisting  of  twenty  positive  plates. 
This  cell  would  be  made  up  in  two  groups  of. 
and  eleven  negatives  to  each  group,  having  their  respect¬ 
ive  binding  posts,  but  both  groups  submerged  in 
elec trolyti.  All  of  No.  1  groups  are  connected 
in  series,  and  all  of  No.  2  groups  are  ®n 

in  series.  Naturally,  when  charging  at  a  high  rate,  or  ln 
fact,  at  normal  rate,  in  Tropical  waters,  the  greater 
radiating  surface  *er  ampere  passing It  i^there- 
the  mo^e  effectually  will  the  cells  be  cooled.  It  is  there 
fo?e  evfdlnt  that  by  charging  all  of the  No.  1 groups 
first,  and  following  by  a  charge  of  No.  2  group3after 
ward,  we  have  a  very  flexible  arrangement. 

The  use  of  lead  storage  batteries  in  submarines 
is  attended  by  much  difficulty  in  cooling,  and  this  in¬ 
vention  is  applicable  to  lead  cells  as  well  as 

feature  in  all  Countries  of  any  importance. 

Another  interesting  feature  of  this  invention 
i*  the  ability  to  discharge  the  cells  one  group  at  a  time. 

uaeB  only  No.  1  groups f  and  when  she  returns,  cnarg-s 
tha“  oSe  group  up.  In  the  event  of  unforeseen  conditions 
arising?  fhehasNo.  2  group  always  fully  charged.  This 
makes  the  boat  more  flexible  in  maneouvering,  as  she  can 

call  on  a  freshly  charged  group  of  cells  at  any  time, 
for  forced  speed. 

In  the  operation  of  electric  looomotives  charg¬ 
ing  at  hih 


call  on  a  freshly  charged  group  of  calls  at  any  time, 
for  forced  speed. 

In  the  operation  of  eieotrlc  locomotives  charg¬ 
ing  at  high  rate,  we  would  also  divide  the  cells  Into  two 
or  three  groups,  thereby  facilitating  cooling  when  charg¬ 
ing  at  high  rites. 

K,  B,  I  am  returning  Lanahan's 


February  13,  1912. 

Ur.  Dyer,- 

The  Submarine  Cell  patontB  have  not,  as  yet,  been 


We  are  taking  big  chances. 

I  am  called  upon  tc  furnish  detail  working  drawings 
to  the  Wellman-Seaver-Morgan  Company,  and  to  the  United  States 
Government  on  this  new  pontoon  crane  battery,  in  which  I  will 
US9  s-6  cello.  Construction  cannot  be  started  on  the  batteries 
until  the  drawings  have  been  approved  by  the  Navy  Department. 

I  do  not  dare  to  forward  the  drawings  until  the  patents  have 
heen  put  intp  the  office,  because  1  have  no  way  of  determin¬ 
ing  as'  to  who  will  see  them  after  they  leave  our  V/orks . 

I  also  do  not  think  the  Foreign  patents  have  been 
applied  for,  for  this  method  of  dividing  the  Moments  of 
a  cell  into  groups.  This  is  very  important,  as  I  am  describing 
this  feature  to  several  Foreign  Governments.  Have  to  do  it. 
This  Submarine  Battery  matter  has  been  in  preparation  now 
for  a  year  and  one-half,  and  I  want  to  see  some  results 

come  into  that  Factory. 

I  trust  you  will  facilitate  the  patent  end  as 

much  as  possible,  and  thereby  greatly  oblige, 

Yours  sincerely, 








Yoiivptarch  and. 

4  Ay 

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r  y  / 

Thomas  A.  Edison  Esq, 

v^cy/^7- , 

X  take  pleasure  to  inform  you  tha-t 
I  have  returned  from  Europe  and  that  I  am  fully  prepared 
to  go  ahead  with  your  proposition. 

Will  you  kindly  be  good  enough  to  have 
the  copywright  of  your  printed  pamphlet  extended  to  me,  so 
that  X  am  in  a  position  to  have  same  printed  in  the  Spanish 


I  translated  same  and  as  I  want  to  have  the 
printing  done  promptly, also  kindly  let  me  have  your  stereo- 
type-plates, which  I  will  promptly  return. 

I  also  would  be  very  thankful  to  you, if 
you  would  make  an  appointment  with  me  in  order  to  inspect  your 
cpmplete/ plant,  which  you  installed  for  demonstration  purposes. 

Awaiting  your  kind  answer 


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i3r  Reese  Hutchis 

Milled Reese  Hutchison  Esq. 

Chief  Engineer  to  Ur.  Thomas  A.  Edison 
144,  Lakeside  Ave. 

Orange  H.J. 

Dear  Sir, 

Take  pleasure  to  inform  you  that  I  am  an  ardent 
reader  of  your  very  interesting  reports  in  the  Journal 
of  Commerce  every  week  regarding  the  "Edison  Storage 
Battery".  ^  . 

For  your  personal  information  I  beg  to  say, that 
per  Mr.  Edisons  verbal  agreement  the  Territories  of 
British  East  India  as  well  as  Cuba  have  been  assigned 
to  the  writer  in  order  to  introduce  the  "Edison  Storage 

However,  preliminary1  measures  could  not  proper¬ 
ly  be  taken  on  account  of  my  European  business  trip,  from 
which  I  returned  a  few  days  ago.  But  Mr.  Edison  assured 
me,  that  right'  after  hiB  return  from  Florida  negocia.ions 
would  be  taken  up  again. 

The  pamphlet  "  For  your  information"  has  been 
translated  by  me  into  the  Spanish  Language,  and  I  reques¬ 
ted  the  Copyright  to  be  extended  to  me.  ,  _* 

May  1  also  translate  your  reports  in  the  Journal 
of  Commerce  ?  I  thing  it  would  bo  a  good  policy  to  promote 
this  in  order  to  propagate  the  nevr  invention  also  in  Spa¬ 
nish  speaking  countries. 

Awaiting  your  kind  roply  I  remain 

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fldential  Loeally  «*S2  4S"'*?,t 

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Mr.  Thomae  A.  Sdieon 

Orange,  N.  J. 


March  87  th _ i  #2 _ 

Dear  Sir, 

Referring  to  your  letter  of  November  3d.  and 
December  4th  .  1911  adraeaed  to  me  at  Nevr  York,  I  beg  to 
inform  you  that  I  am  now  aatabliahed  in  businoBB  here  at 
the  above  adreBB. 

You  mentioned  in  your  eecond  letter  that  you 
were  preparing'  a  new  article  to  bring  out  during  the 
winter  and  two'  more  in  the  aummar  and  that  you  would 
give  particular  at  the  time  of  conflation. - 

Aa  I  informed  you  at  the  time,  my  line  of 
buelnesB  will  be  the  introduction  of  american  linee 
in  Kurope  and  I  shall  be  glad  to  hear  further  from  you 
with  regard  to  the  artiolaa  under  consideration. 

Youro  truly, 


groton,  conn.  March  30th,  1912. 

jgcT  Edison  Storage  Batteries  for  Russian  Submarines. 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Edison  storage  Battery  company,  U> 

Orange ,  N.  J.  \ 

Dear  Sir:- 

We  beg  to  invite  your  attention  to  a  serious  misunder¬ 
standing  now  existing  in  Russia  in  regard  to  your  storage  batteries 
for  Russian  submarines.  The  entire  details  of  this  matter  have 
already  been  communicated  to  your  Company  in  previous  correspondence. 
A  review  of  the  subject  is  contained  in  our  letter  to  your  company 
of  the  27th  inst. 

We  are  just  in  receipt  of  a  reply  to  our  letter  of  the 
27th  informing  us  that  it  will  be  brought  to  the  attention  of  Mr . 
Hutchison  upon  his  return,  about  a  week  hence. 

We  have  already  had  a  number  of  cables  and  letters  from 
Russia  in  regard  to  this  matter,  and  to-day  we  have  received  another 
letter  from  our  representative  in  St.  Petersburg  informing  ub  that 
the  matter  1b  regarded  as  very  serioUB  and  urgent.  We,  therefore, 
feel  that  we  cannot  afford  to  await  the  return  of  Mr.  Hutchison,  and 
would  request  that  as  this  is  a  subjeot  which  seriously  affeots  your 
own  Company,  that  it  be  given  immediate  attention.  The  substance 
of  the  matter  is  this:  Your  company  has  given  to  us  certain  guar¬ 
antees  in  connection  with  storage  batteries.  One  of  your  represent¬ 
atives  has  handed  to  the  Russian  Government  entirely  'different 

guarantees.  The  Russian  Government  naturally  insists  that  the  hat 
teries  supplied  should  conform  to  the  latter  guarantees.  You  will 
see  that  this  condition  will  serve  to  place  either  your  company,  or 
our  company,  in  a  very  had  position  in  the  eyes  of  the  Russian  author¬ 
ities.  unless  this  matter  is  explained  satisfactorily  to  the  Rub- 
sian  Government  that  Government  must  either  discredit  our  representa¬ 
tions  or  these  made  hy  your  Mr.  Pox.  If,  as  we  understand,  your  Mr. 
pox  is  now  in  Paris,  we  would  suggest  that  the  most  direct  and  sat¬ 
isfactory  manner  to  handle  this  situation  is  to  cable  him  to  return  at  once 
to  St.  Petersburg  and  straighten  out  this  matter.  V'  would  suggest 
that  before  going  to  the  Russian  authorities  he  first  consult  with 
the  Nevsfcy  Company,  who  are  our  licensees  in  Russia. 

We  regret  very  much  to  have  to  present  this  matter  to  you 
in  this  manner , but  we  are  convinced  that  any  further  delay  will  be 
considered  by  the  Russian  authorities  as  inexcusable. 

very  truly  yourB, 


-  vie  e-Pr  e  si  den  t . 




JOHN  F.  MONNOT  M.E  -  A.S.M.E. 

/  Seol  Concessionnairc 

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AH  dCdlioru  E— -TFLI/GB. 

Hr.  Thomas  A. EDISON, 

OliiHGI  , 
New  .Terse 


Uy  dear  Hr.  Edison, 

I  have  not  written  to  you  lately,  .as  I  knew 
in  Florida  having,  a  rest.  I  hope  you  have  enjoyed  your 
and  that  it  has  done  you  good. 

vou  were 

I  have  received  the  letter  -f  Bergmann,  of  February 
1*7 th  you  have  sent  me  in  communication,  and  wmeh  I  am  returning 
enclosed.  The  statements  he  makes  in  same  are  not  correct  as  I 
have  a  letter  of  Robinson  &  Company,  xrom  nutwergj,  staging  tnc.t 
{he  batterv  they  have  purchased  from  Bergmann,  apy-ei;  iOiu  months 
of  intermittent  work,  gave  only  an  efficiency  of  oO,..  In  presence 
of  these  poor  results,  tney  nave  as.-ceci  them  to  trike  the  o..tlery 
bade  and  ns  the”-  refused,  .they  have  ~sue4  them  to  mntfeJ.,the  tiling 
publi’c ,  ancT  say  that  now  n’obody'  would  want  any  more  ? I  their 
batteries.  They  also  say  that  many  people  and  administrations 
have  asked  them  for  information  and  tney  gave  them  the  pool 
results  they  had  obtained.  It  is  in  presence  oitnese  facts  tnat 
I  wrote  you,  and  you  know  very  well  that  I  am  not_liotening  10 
pure  ros-ip,  as  Bergmann  pretends,  but  only  wanted  to  pcotyou 
so  thlt  vou  may  instruct  Sergmann  to  not  sell  any  more  batteries 
outside  of  his  territory,  as  he  has  been  doing.  , 

I  have  to  redeem  the  msuccess  Bergmnnn  nas  made  m 
delivering  poor  batteries,  and  for  this  reason  nave  to  place  some 
batteries  on  test  to  have  good  reports, .as  tne  pepplc  aie  scep¬ 
tical  about  the  results  we  can  give.  Tins  mat  ter  isno.clo.ecl 
and  I  will  not  bother  you  any  more  about  it,  as,  ^mce  you  in  xe 
written  to  Bergmann,  his. Company  has  been  referring  to  me  the 
enouiries  they  have  received  outsinc  oi  their  ter.ij.ory,  -nd,  on 
the  other  hand  I  have  hec-n  in  correspondence  wiHi  Beigmann, 
and  he  has  made  me  a  proposition  to  tike  over  his  territory,  so 
as  to  have  the  whole  of  Europe  under  one  control.  Je  su.te..  mar 

w°2  Ur.  Thomas  A.EBI"0II  ?/4/l2 

lie  knew  that  such  an  arrangement  would  he  agreeable  to  you,  and 
has  asked  we  to  come  over  to  Berlin  to  discuss  tnc  macter 
him.  t  have  been  so  busy  since  that  I  have  not  a ad  time  oO  go, 
hut  I  have  made  an  an n ointment  with  him  for  next  Friday,  and  I 
will  he  leaving-  for  Berlin  day  after  to-morrow.  I  will  report 
to  vou  the  result  of  rav  interview  with  Eergmann  and  if  his  pro- 
position  is  acceptable,  it  uay  be  advantageous  to  :r:;ce  an  arrange- 
ment  with  him,  as  he  suggests. 

I  return  here.  I  have 
:  to 

I  forgot  to  advise  you  tin 

called  on  Ur.  Varies  ns  you  a 'd vised  me  to  cio,  to  post  aim  as 
a'r  intention  in  developing  storage  battery  traction  in  Europe, 
hut  he  was  busy,  and  another  person  of  hie  firm  receive...  me, 

was  dissatisfied  that 

In  view  of  the  reception  I  received  — . - 

I  did  not  think  it  was  any  more  use  of  seeing  him,  -and, 
following  the  plans  I  have  outlined  to  you,  I  ap  ro ached 
other  people  to  form  a  syndicate  for  the  development  of  the 
traction  with  vour  battery.  As  you  know,  it  will  require  a  great 
deal  of  expenditure.  I  am  pleased  to  report  to  you  that  I  have 
secured  the  co-operation  of  some  good  financial  people  oere  for 
this  purpose,  ana  that  I  am  now  organising  a  traction  company, 
with  them,  and  that  the-"  have  already  deposited  m  tne  ban* 

100, 000  dollars  for  the  first  capital  needed,  and  have  agreed  to 
furnish  400,00''  dollars  more  for  furtlier  requirements.  . 

Bith  this  capital,  I  am  sure  to  he  able  to  a  good  showing,- 
and  to  increase  rapidly  the  sale  of  the  battery.  I  supply  iTic 
buttery  to  this  company  at  the  same  price  you  have  given  me,  and 
I  get  an  interest  in  the  company,  so  as  to  retain  the  control  o. 
the  business. 

As  vou  know,  I  am  importing  now  the  pleasure  cars  and 
truck  chassis  from  the  Anderson  Electric  Company,  and  I  am  order¬ 
ing  from  the  states  chassis  for.btfssei.  And  will  try  to  secure 
from  Beach  the  trucks  for  his  tramways,  and  vail  then  arrange  to 
have  these  built  in  England  and  France.  Be  do  not  intend  to  have 
works  to  build  ourselves:  but  can  easily  have  all  parts  built  in 
other  shops,  and  have  only  assembling  shops,  to  be  sure  that  the 
electrical  equipment  is  correctly  made  to  suit  the  -a aery,  and 
make  the  test  ourselves  before  we  deliver  to  the  customers. 

In  this  connection  I  have  seen  Hr.  Cromelin  while  in 
London  last  week,  and  have  arranged  with  him  to  take  over  port 
of  vour  Billesden  Junction  Borks,  which  we  will  increase  accord¬ 
ing  to  the  capacity  of  the  business,  and  this  will  relieve  you 
from  part  of  the  rent.  I  have  also  decided  to  keep  the  stock 
of  batteries  at  Billesden  Junction,  and  to  make  a  permanent 
installation  for  the  forming  of  the  cells  as  up  to  now. we  had  , 
a  very  poor  installation  and  had  to  pay  too  heavy  a  price  tor 
the  electric  current. 

"r.  Fox  hf.E  gone  'back  to  Yfillesden  Junction  last  week, 
and  he  is  arranging  the  matter  with  Ur.  Cromelin,  and  we  hope 
to  obtain  quite  a  reduction  on  the  prices  of  current  from  the 
distributing  company  by  saying  that  they  have  all  interest  to 
'  favour  us  with  cheap  rates  to  enable  us  to  develops  the 
business,  as  we  may  in  future  require  a  large  amount  Ox  current. 

I  have  sold  a  few  large  batteries  lately,  and  have 
some  important  business  which  we  are  following  up  now.  I  did  not 
do  much  yot  for  traction,  as  I  hav.e  only  received  the  firs cars 
lately,  and  was  waiting  to  have  this  traction  company  organised 
to  be  able  to  give  it  the  extension  it  requires,  but  I  have 
already  good  prospects  of  large  business,  especially  one  for. 

100  5-ton  trucks  for  the  handling  of  the  city  garbage  of  Pans. 
These  trucks  have  to  be  built  specially,  as  the  motors  and 
battery  must  he  on  the  front  wheel,  ro  as  to  have  ala rge^  and  lo.; 
box  on  the  rear  to  be  able  to  empty  easily  in  it  the  gar  cage 
cans-  If  we  obtain  this  order,  it  will  be  a  splendid  adveitisc- 
■  -  •’  —  - -  - -  future.  I  do  not 

ment,  and  the  City  will  require  many  more  m  mture.  I  do  not 
know ’of  any  trucks  of  this  Kind  built  m  the  states,  otherwise 
I' would  have  ordered  some  for  trials  to  gam  time.  Should  von 
know  of  anything  suitable  for  this  purpose,  I  would  be  obliged 
if  you  would  have  the  ’  "  i'" 

Pailroad,  to  try  to  get  them  to  us< 
lighting.  The  Chief  Engineer  told 

[formation  sent  to  me. 

time  ago  on  the  French  Government 
;hem  to  use  the  EDI  SOU  battery  for  tram 

the  lighting  that  will  be  permanently  installed  in  the  cars  md 
that  they  will  be  able  to  charge  in  the  shortest  possible  time 
without  axle  dynamos* 

Some  of  their  cars,  after  they .reach  the  end  of  the 
Line  have  to  be  returned  with  then  gw  train  inside  of  an  hour, 
and  for  this  reason  they  want  to  be  able  to  give  a  mil  ?harge  to 
the  battery  in  the  shortest  possible  time,  me  Chief  engineer 
told  me  that  if  we  could  do  that.  they  would  certainly  adopt  our 
astern,  but  to  not  cone  back  to. him  without  a  firm  proosition. 
The  requirements  would  be  therefore  as  follows  * 

A  storage  battery  that  could  be  charred  -  say  -  in  one- 
capable  of  giving  20  c-p.  lights  for  20  hours,  or  4,000 

The  standard  battery  would  not  be  able  to  do  this, 
and  we  will  have  to  wait  until  you  have  the  0.  type  ready,  and 
I  will  be  much  obliged  if  you  will  let  me  snow  when  you  expect 
to  have  it  out,  and  to  have  me  sent  all  information  on  same, 
so  that  I  can  make  a  proposition  to  this  Tteilroad. 

This  same  Government  Pailroad  is  electrifying  their 
suburban  lines,  and  I  tried  to  interest  them  in  tne  Storage 

iir.  Thomas  A.3DIS0E  5/4/lS 

8TW!  JS£jUk  MSS' 

°S !  SsLVsriSSi  6  p‘t  Mbtefe  - 
SJ  ®slfin“  cruet  >  t« 

to  enable  me  to  do  it* 

You  will  oee  that  I  h^enourh  ^fore  £e  to 

is  to11* 

make  any  mistake* 

II opine  you  are  well, 

I  remain,  with  kind  regards, 

Yours  sincerely, 

(Signed)  J.F.i:W!"0T. 

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JOHN  F.  MONNOT  M.E  •  A.S.M.E. 

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Ky  dear  Mr.  BPISQH, 

l  returned  last  week  from  Berlin  where  I  saw  !|r. 

Bergmann,  But  as  I  had  to  go  immediately  to  Loudon,  I  did  not 
have  time  to  write  you  by  last  mail* 

I  hope  you  have  received  copy  of  my  letter  of  .2th 
instant,  which  was  sent  to  you  in  ray  absence,  afi  the  original 
was  lost  on  the  '‘Titanic". 

I  spent  a  full  day  with. Mr.  Bergmann,  and  went  through 
all  his  works,  and  visited  in  detail  lus  battery,  factory ,  7mr.Qhj 
Is  you  told  me  after  seeing  it,  is  very  well  e quipped ,  I  think 

could  he  used  to  advantage  for  manufacturing  your  new  types  of 
cell.  What  I  did  not  like  is  that  Bergmann  is  .  still  msnufact  urii^ 
mostly  the  E.  type  cells,  and  when  I  called  his  attention  to,  the 
inadvisability  of1 putting  them  on  tue  market,  ^marlofld  thu.J..  . 
they  were  good  enough  for  the  purpose  for  which  he  Was  selUn^  l-  m 
viz:  for  lighting,  ignition  anfi  miners^.  lamps.^  Vg 

not  sell  auv  of  that“type  now“for  traction.  *  Ur.  Bergmann  Besjmsh 
to  he  entirely  disgust  eel  with  the  hat  tery  hus  in^Bf^'fe?d|Gf||trr‘e 
to  help  him  out  in  keeping  his  business  alive  as  he  P|etsnds  that 
he  can  manufacture,  hut  is  not  organised  for  selling  TO  lotteries. 
He  told  me  also  that  the  Deutsche  Bonk,  .^o  has  mill  OB: 


“a=;S  ssv.  Stidhi ». 

it  would., 

to  give  him  some  orders  for  the  territories. 

vantage  ous  to  ship  from  Hermnny .iastrod to1 
help  him  to  koep  the  factory  going  ih  JnrteVeat  «i>  w  force  cusp 
asset  n*f~- 

He  says  that  .this  Plight  to  he  agrppphle  to  ?dtt,  ns  yon 

(Mr.  Thomas  A.  31)  I  SOU) 


would  get , ybiir  tbvalty  aB  wfill,  sito  may  be  advisable  to 
keep  Ms  faotdiyr  Tot  future  European  afiyblopmdnt. 

.  I  told  hk  tfe»t  1  g  pul  A  not  do  anything  with  but  re¬ 

ferring  to  you,  but  that  in  cay  case,  should  I  under  take  with  your 
approval  to  work  with  him  on  the  selling  end  tonupply  orders  to- 
kts  footory,  f  mflat  have  an  option  on  the  purchase  of  his  fabtory 
and  the  lioenoa  of  the  German.  Aus trian  ana  Hungarian  territories 
to  whi^h  he  agreed  in 

As  you  know,  Bergniaun  has  too  many  things,  to  attend  to 
and  does  not  give  the.  necessary  attention  to  the  battery  "business, 
he  stated  that  he  would  not  put  up  another  cent  into  the  business, 
and  that  in  aase  L  would  not  give  him  the  help  he  requires  to  get 
his^faotor^going*.  he  would  have  to  sell  out  under  pressure  of  the 

%der  these  circumstances,  I  think  it  would  be  ad¬ 
visable  to  let  me  make  arrangements  with  Mr.  Bergmaflii,  on  the  lines 
stated  above,  as  in  the  near  future  it  may  be  that  vou  'Mil  not  be 
able  to  supply  from  your  Orange  factory  alltlie  storage  batteries 
that  will  be  required  for  the  European  market,  on  account  of  the 
development  I  understand  your  sales  are  talcing  in  the  United  States 

As  you  are  supplying  Bergraann  with  the  positive  ty/es 
and  oxyde  of  iron,  and  as  he  is  making  only  the  mechanical  part  of 
the  battery,  I  do  not  see  why  he  could  not  supply  cells  equal  to 
those  you  are  manufacturing  in  Orange  and  that  he  would  agree  to 
furnish  them  to  me  at  the  same  price  you  have  made  them. 

For  Switzerland,  Germany,  Hungary,  the  Balkan  States, 
Denmark,  Russia,  his  shipping  expenses  would  be  less  than  from 
London,  and  we  would  therefore  save  freight.  On  another  hand-, 

I  would  take  from  Bergmann  an  option  on  his  battery  business, 
-including  the  factory,  long  enough  to  enable  me  to  take  it  over 
at  the  proper  time  when  enough  business  has  been  developed  and 
you  could  then  at  that  time  send  some  competent  man  to  run  the 
factory,  and  we  would  thereby  get  hack  the  Control  of  the  whole 
of  Europe. 

Should  you  authorize  me  to  make  such  an  arrangement  with 
Bergmann,  I  would  see  that  no  batteries  leave  these  works  without 
having  been  properly  formed  and  tested  and  I  would  have  one  of 
my  own  men  to  do  that  work.  Fox  has  already  trained  a  man  in 
London  who  is  now  fully  able  to  attend  to  the  formation  under 
his  control  and  we  have  one  now  in  Paris  who  mil  be  able  shortly 
to  do  so.  Fox  could  then  be  free  to  go  to  Berlin  for  testing  the 
stock  of  cells. 

In  any  case,  we  would  always  have  the  formation  tables 
which  Fox  would  examine  carefully,  ana  if  any  battery  does  not  come 
up  to  standard,  they  could  be  re-put  on  formation  under  his 

If  you  think  it  would  be  advisable  to  enter  into  such 
an  arrangement  with  Mr.  Bergmann,  it  would  be  necessary  that  you 


(Mr.  Thomas  A.EDISON) 


EDISON  batteries  to  purchase  Bergmann's  factory  and  business 
without  any  expense  to  you. 

Will  you  kindly  give  this  matter  your  best  consideration 
and  let  me  know  what  your  intentions  are  in  this  respect,  as  Berg- 
mnn  has  impressed  upon  me  the  necessity  of  making  an  arrangement 
in  the  near  future,  as  otherwise  he  would  be  probably  forced  to 
sell  out,  as  I  told  you  before. 

With  my  new  organisation,  I  hope  to  be  able  to  develope 
rapidly  the  Battery  Traction  business,  and  you  must  understand  that 
there  is  a  lot  of  preliminary  work  to  be  done,  as  there  is  a.  great 

Prejudice  against  it  on  account  of  the  previous  failures,  .with  the 
ead.  batteries.  The  conditions'  here  are  quite  different  from 
the  United  States,  and  the  best  prospects  are  for  heavy  traction, 
as  both  in  Prance  and  England  the  radius  of  vm  delivery  is  higher 
than  in  the  States,  .-nil,  un f ortvc v tely/jKBMiHft d oer  r.ot  Birnuicc- 
tvrt  the-  w  trveks  which  I  now  need,  and  I  will  be  obliged  to 
have  them  built  here,  and  this  will  take  some  time.  The  pleasure 
car  business  will  be  limited,  although  I  expect  to  bo  able  to  get 
out  quite  a  number  of  cars  this  year. 

I  am  now  working  on  the  railroad  Lines  in  England  and 
Prance,  and  have  a  number  of  cells  out  on  test,  and  a  full  battery 
with  one  of  the  best  contractors  in  England,  who  has  promised  if 
these  results  are  satisfactory  with  his  system,  to, purchase  in 
quantities.  The  Paris  bus  line  is  going  on  well  up  to  now, 
and  the  Chief  Engineer  of  the  Company,  whom  I  saw  lately,  told  me 
that  he  wanted  one  more  month's  test  before  extending  it  on  a 
number  of  lines. 

Unfortunately,  they  have  invested  large  amounts  in  the 
acetylene  line,  and  do  not  feel  inclined  to  change  the  whole  system 
before  they  have  recuperated  part  of  it  by  a  long  service. 

As  soon  as  I  am  able  to.  deliver  them  a  storage  battery  bus  chassis 
of  the  proper  type,  they  are  willing  to  put  it  in  service,  and  if 
the  results  are  what  we  claim  for  them,  they  will  order  a  number, 
and  replace  gradually  their  gasoline  busses,  which  as  you  know, 
have  been  recently  built.  The  London  General  Omnibus  Company  have 
also  put  some  A-4“ cells  on  test,  although  I  had  a  lot  of  trouble 
to  get  them  to  do  it,  as  they  are  no w  using  the  dynamo  system  which 
they  have  standardized  on  their  auto-busses.  I  have  secured  an 
order  from  the  Marconi  Wireless  Company,  and  there  are  good  pros¬ 
pects  of  getting  large  orders  from  them. 

In  fact,  I  an  making  steady  progress  in  introducing  the 
battery,  but  of  course,  the  big  output  will  only  come, in  electrica 
traction,  which,  practically,  does  not  exist  any  more  over  here. 

You  may  rest  assured  that  I  am  doing  everything  possible  to  de¬ 
velope'  the  business,  and  I  hope  that  you  will  soon  see  some  re¬ 
sults  that  will  satisfy  you. 

Awaiting  your  news,  and  hoping  you  are  ip  good  health 
1  ^l^ftest,  regards. 


63Xs..>-  ^  |S'faMieL ox. 

"  May  4, 

Foreign  Representatives  of  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company, 
and  Royalty  schedule;— 

Germany  Represented  by 




Paraguay  " 


Great  Britain  " 

Europe  (except  Germany,  Austria-Hungary) 

Canada  Represented  by 

So,  Africa 

Deutsche  Edison  Akkumulatoren 
Co.  Drontheimerstr.  35-38, 

Berlin,  Germany. 

It.  B.  Limited,  King  A-  George  Sts. 
Sydney,  Australia. 

Agar,  Cross  A  Co.,  11  Broadway, 
Hew  York  City. 

J.  F.  Lionnot,  31  Rue  Daru, 
Faria,  Prance . 

Canadian  Fairbanks-Uorse  Co.  Ltd. 
444  St.  James  St.,  Montreal, Canada. 

A.  H.  Johnson  &  Co.  Ltd., 
Capetown,  So.  Afrioa. 

Royalty  is  to  be  added  on  all  shipments  going  to  the  following 
countries ;- 

Austria,  Belgium,  France,  Germany,  Great  Britain,  Hungary,  Italy, 
India,  Japan,  Mexico,  Hew  South  Y.'ales,  Russia;  Spain,  Switzerland,  Sweden, 

The  royalty  is  to  be  added  to  the  price  of  the  cell,  after  the  trade 
discount  has  been  deducted,  as  follows ;- 

3-2  10  cents  per  cell 

B-4  20  "  "  " 

\  B— 6  .  30  "  "  " 

A— 4  40  "  "  " 

A-6  60  "  " 

80  »  "  " 

$1.00  pgr  cell 

$1.20  "  " 

A— 8 


F.  .1.  Lisman  &  Co. 


Boston"0  O' 


Hf  *  Thomas  A.Edis^&n,  Praj^ident,  ^ 

Edison  Storage' Battery^ t^mpanj^'  f 

'  \  wtr^ 

\  iS- 

Dear  Sir:- 

Ae  our  Mr.  Lisman  is  leaving  Shortly  for  Europe  and 
among  other  matters  will  take  up  the  formation  of  a  company,  or 
companies  for  the  exploitation  of  the  Edison  Storage  Battery,  we 
think  it  advisable,  in  order  to  prevent  any  future  misunderstanding, 
there  he  some  written  statement  of  our  agreement  at  tills  time. 

You  and  your  company  grant  us  the  solo  and  exclusive  right 
and  license  to  sell  and  manufacture  nnd^seU,  lease  or  otherwise 
use  for  profit ^Tn^he^r it i eh  ieVes , ''Europe  and  adjacent  islands, 
exoept  the  German  and  the  Austro-Hungatinn  Empires,  the  inventions 
covered  by  various  United  States  and  foreign  patents  granted  to  you 
or  your  company,  or  which  may  have  been  or  may  hereafter  be  acquired 
by  you  or  your  company,  relating  to  the  storage  battery  or  any 
improvement  or  modification  thereof,  of  which  patents  you  are  to 
furnish  us  detailed  schedule  when  and  ns  required. 

in  consideration  of  this  grant  and  license,  we  agree  to 
endeavor  to  form  n  company  or  companies  for  the  exploitation  of 
your  storage  battery,  which  companies  it  is  agreed,  upon  organiza¬ 
tion  shall  assume  by  an  assignment  from  us,  all  of  our  rights, 
obligations  and  liabilities  hereunder. 

We  shall  have  these  rights  upon  receiptof  your  answer,  which 
righto  are  to  be  terminable  at  your  pleasure  upon  sixty  days 
notice  in  writing,  unless  within  thirty  days  after  the  completed 


organization  of  the  first  one  of  the  companies  above  mentioned,  we 
bGKin  and  maintain  sales  of  /our  batteries  ns  per  the  following 


propulsion  of  cars  on  rails: 

J  0300 
2£  1>900 



per  month  for  year  commending 





1917  - 

and>ffrmunlly  thereafter. 

It  1b  especially  understood  that,  this  schedule  merely 
indicates  the  general  nvernge  of  sales  to  be  substantially  sus¬ 
tained  and  that  such  shies  nr*  cumulative,  and  in  the  event  jriiat 
those  of  any  one  calendar  ponth  are  in  excess  of  the  minimum 
requirements,  such  excess  shall  be  applied  upon  account  of  prior 
nnd  subsequent  months,  the  sales  for  which  were  below  the 
established  minimum  thereunder. 

Y/e  are  to  have  the  right  at  any  time,  either  before  or 
after  service  of  notice  of  termination  of  tnis  agreement,  and  for 
the  purpose  of  retaining  our  rights  hereunder,  either  to  purchase 
on  our  own  account  a  sufficient  number  of  batteries  to  make  good 
any  default  as  to  minima,  or  to  pay  for  the  shortage  at  the  rate 
of  $1.00  per  each  cell,  which  payment  shRll  be  accepted  in  lieu 
of  such  additional  sales  and  shall  nullify  such  notice  of 
term! nation. 

®n  the  event  that  we  should  at  any  time 


T.  A.  15.-3- 

ov/n  cells  under  your  patents,  there  shall  also  be  applied  cn 
account  of  and  in  Uou  of  such  minima  of  sales  or  any  fr  rt  thereof, 
the  number  of  batteries  so  manufactured  by  us,  and  it  is  agreed 
you  will  .receive  in  lieu  of  nil  other  charges  and  profits  for 
each  and  every  cell  so  manufactured: 

B-2  per  C<,H> 

B-4  "  " 

A-4  "  " 

A- 6  "  " 

A-8  "  " 

A- 10  "  " 


It,  is  understood  that,  we  have  assumed  no  obligation  to 
purchase  any  bntteries  whatsoever  nnd  nothing  herein  contained, 
shall  be^ons trued,  nnd  that  the  only  rights  arising  from  our 
failure  so  to  do,  shall  be  limited  to  your  right  to  terminate 
this  contract  upon  sixty  days'  notice  in  writing. 

The  batteries  purchased  by  or  through  us  are  to  be  equal 
to  the  best  of  your  product  in  the  various  types  manufactured  and 
you.  are  to  deliver  with  them  for  the  benefit  of  the  purchaser  your 
usual  guarantee. 

You  are  to  thoroughly  protect  and  defend  all  or  any  of 
your  patents  nnd  the  rights  thereunder  granted  at  any  time  at  your 
own  expanse  nnd  through  your  own  counsel. 

The  prices  to  be  paid  by. us  or  for  our  customers  are  to  be 
those  of  your  lowest  list  prices  in  force  at  the  time  of  purchase 
to  your  most  favored  customer  and  for  your  best  terms,  less  20% 
discount,  plus  the  following  royalties: 




A-  6 




10^  per  cell, 
20f  " 

40 i  " 

60 4  " 
oo i  x 
$1.00  " 

1.20  " 


you  rtb  to  deliver  said  batteries  to  our  order  free  in 
Europe,  with  the  exception  of  duties  payable  to  any  foreign 
Government,  end  shall  maintain,  both  in  London  and  Paris,  depots, 
the  aggregate  stock  of  which  at  all  times  shall  he  maintained  in  a 
quantity  not  less  than  the  minimum  cells  per  month  requited  to  he 
purchased. by.  us  from  time  to  time. 

Batteries  are  to  be  delivered  to  us  properly  and  fully 
charges  for  the  purposes  of  their  intended  use  or  sale,  or  you  are 
to  pay  the  cost  of  forming  and  charging  the  cells,  including  the 
cost  of  current  and  labor. 

you  nre  to  keep  at  your  own  expense  for  his  salary  and  other 
expenses  and  at  our  service,  a  thoroughly  competent  man,  familiar 
with  your  batteries,  to  cooperate  with  uw  and  oversee  the 
matter  of  forming,  filling  and  charging  the  batteries,  packing  them 
and  putting  and  keeping  them  in  the  most  satisfactory  condition 
for  sale  and  use. 

Before  exercising  any  of  our  Tights  hereunder,  we  nre  to 
,o  acquire,  terminate  or  otherwise  save  you  harmless 
.  rights, ns  selling  agendas  may  have  been  previously 
acquired  from  you  or  your  company  by  Mr.  J.E.Monnot^  of  Paris^,  ^  _ 
providing  always  that  this  can  be  accomplished  b 

said  Mo' 

^not  in  some >fy*city  ^ged  by.  us  to  be^dvantageoue  £ 
cost^Of  ndt  raor/tlfcn  $?,000  por^nnura.  for  n  term 
than  five  jyea/s,  o\  atourVptiob  to  purchase  such^p  ^ 

r  hove  ^iStn  Jned ,  i£or  the  ViJra  of  not 

$7,500  /n  cash^ 

In  the  event  that  we  should  acquire  the  rights  of  Mr .13 
Bergman,  of  Berlin,  relating  to  the  exploitation  of  your  storage  f'l 





ttery  in  Germany  and  the  Austro-Hungary  Empire,  or  buy  hii 
j  grant  up  nil  right  and  privileges  now  possessed  by  him. 

Until  we  put  in  force  and  effect  our  obligation  to  ta. 
e  minimum  quantity  of  batteries,  ns  above  provided,  you  a- 
continue  your  present  arrangement  with  wr.Monnot,  but  nr 
make  any  other  sailing  arrangements  or  grant  any  rights 
stent  with  the  full  operation  of  our  agreement. 

This  agreement  binds  and  bonefits  both  of  us  and  our 
ccesSors  and  assigns  as  well,  and  in  the  event  of  an  assi 
us,  our  assignee  takes  from  us  our  obligations  and  right 

?  hereinbefore  provided,  this 

i»e ement  shall  contii 

jre, hereinbefore  referred  to, and  any  extensions  thereof. 
It  is  mutually  understood  that  in  the  event  we  should 

tiis  agreement,  thnt  you  will  directly  lie 
or  manufacture  and  sell,  otherwise  lease 
ys  to  the  terms  and  conditions  of  this  ag 
Kindly  confirm  the  contents  of  tliisilet 


h,  •  <//.  if*/-  A»/s  * ' 


May  16th,  1912. 


31  Hue  Daru, 

Paris,  Prance. 

tM  V”' 


(  4^ 

Dear  Mr.  Monnot :~ 

Hr.  Lisman,  a  hanker  of  Hew  York,  has  inaae  an 
arrangement  with  Mr.  Beach  ana  myself  for  the  Unitea  States 
whereby  he  finances  small  railways,  etc.,  ana  guarantees 
the  purchase  from  Beach  of  eight  cars  per  month,  inciting 
battery.  This  guaranteed  minimum,  which  increases  each  year 
for  five  years,  X  have  agreed  to  and  am  working  under  it. 

He  has  filled  Beach’s  shop  full. 

Mr.  Iiisraan  has  very  good  banking  connections 
in  Europe,  being  a  Jewish  banker  ana  railway  expert  on  bonds 
ana  other  railroad  securities.  He  wants  to  ao  business  in 
Europe  also,  especially  in  Prance. ana  England,  where  he  has 
banking  connections  vfho  are  abundantly  able  to  finance  large 
undertakings,  in  fact  his  friends  in  England  already  have  several 
Horse  Car  lines. 

I  have  told  him  of  my  arrangements  with  you 
and  have  suggested  that  he  take  the  matter  up  with  you,  so 
that  you  will  be  taken  care  of  if  you  are  agreeable  to  the  ar¬ 
rangement.  I  suggested  that  I  was  morally  bound  to  protect  you 
and  that  I  thought  perhaps  you  would  be  satisfied  with  30  or 
40  cents  net  profit  per  cell.  He  only  wants  railway  business; 
we  go  on  with  all  other  lines  of  work.  He  will  call  on  you. 
and  I  hope  you  can  see  your  way  clear  to  go  into  Borne  arrange¬ 



Yours  very  truly, 

(signed)  Thomas  A.  Edison 


Mr.  P.  J.  Usman, 

30  Broad  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

My  dear  Mr.  lisman:- 

Mtr  16th,  1912.  .  1 

y  y 

A  X 


I  am  willing  to  aid  you  in  Building  up  a  market 
for  oars  propelled  on  rails  by  my  storage  Battery  in  Russia, 
Horway,  Sweden,  England,  Prance,  Belgium,  Italy,  Spain, 

Holland  and  Switzerland,  providing  you  will  take  care  of 
ray  present  agent,  Mr.  J.  P.  Monnot,  of  PariB.  In  the  event 
that  you  can  agree  with  Mr.  Monnot  I  would  give  you  a  reason¬ 
able  time,  say  six  months,  to  gather  together  a  financial 
group  to  create  a  market  for  the  batteries  for  -the  above 
purpose.  The  batteries  are  to  be  supplied  by  me  as  you 
need  them  from  ray  depots  in  England  or  Prance.  In  case 
you  are  able  to  make  arrangements  agreeable  to  Mr.  Monnot, 

I  should  require  that  your  financial  group  shall  buy  for  a 
period  of  say  five  years  a  certain  number  of  car  battery 
cells  per  month,  which  number  shall  be  the  minimum  quantity 
of  cells  you  must  buy  in  order  to  hold  your  exclusive  rights 
for  the  battery  for  rail  car  purposes  in  the  whole  of  the 
Countries  above  named.  After  the  preliminary  period  of  six 
months  this  limit  should  be  not  less  than  full  battery  equip¬ 
ment  for  four  oars  per  month.  There  should  be  an  increase  in 

p.J.L.  (2) 

May  16/12 

oar  equipments  purchased  per  month  each  year  in  order  that  you 
may  hold  the  exclusive  rights.  There  should  he  a  provision 
whioh  would  give  your  people  the  right  to  terminate  the 
understanding  upon  six  months'  notice. 

Should  you  form  companies  to  finance  the 
railroads  whioh  will  create  a  market  for  the  hatter ieB.  I 
have  no  objection  to  enter  into  a  contract,  providing  the 
Companies  are  satisfactory  financially  and  otherwise. 

Yours  very  truly, 

(Signed)  Thomas  A.  Edison. 



(M  H 

liny  17th,  1912 

Hr.  F.  .7.  Lisrmn, 

30  broad  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

Ily  dear  itr.  I.ismnn:~ 

Snelosod  I  hand  you  a  letter  of  intro¬ 
duction  to  Hr.  bereraann,  together  with  carbon  copy  of 
a  letter  I  have  written  to  hin. 

Youra  very  truly. 


Hay  17th,  1912 

Mr.  3.  Bergmann, 

23  Oudenarde  Straaae, 



My  Dear  Bergmann: - 

Thia  will  introduce  to  your  good  self  Mr. 

P.  J.  Liannn,  of  the  Barikine  firm  of  ?.  .T.  Liaman  &  Co., 

Hew  York,  who  visit a  you  in  relation  to  the  Storage  Battery 

Yours  very  truly. 


I’r.  5.  Bergmann, 

£3  Oudenarde  Strasse, 



My  Bear  Bergmann 

The  Banker  who  will  call  on  you  in  regard 
to  the  Battery  Co.  in  F.  J.  Lisman,  of  ?.  J.  Lisman  l:  Co., 

He  .-  York.  Xiamen  is  an  expert  in  railway  aeourities,  and 
the  firm  does  a  large  Business  in  financing  electric  rail¬ 
ways  and  Industrial  concerns.  They  are  Jews  and  are  highly 
spoken  of  in  ry  reports  from  Both  Bun  and  Bradstreet. 

Liftman  is  financing  Boach  for  United  States 
Business  By  agreeing  to  t.nke  and  pay  cash  for  several  cars 
per  month,  and  sells  them  to  roads  that  the  firm  finance? , 
and  otherwise. 

Lisnan  Believes  in  the  future  of  the  Buftiness 
and  thinks  of  extending  his  operations  in  Europe . 

I  gave  him  copies  of  your  onBleB  naming  the 
price.  He  made  no  comment.  He  was  to  sail  for  Germany  on 
Hay  11th,  But  has  Been  delayed  and  now  expects  to  sail  Hay 
21st.  1  have  given  him  a  copy  of  our  contrnot  and  a  letter 

of  introduction,  and  hope  you  and  he  can  make  a  deal. 

S.3.  (2)  Kny  17/18 

I  think  Doty  got  some  idea  from  Beach  that 
Usman  nieht  do  business  with  you,  and  slipped  over  to 
get  an  option  in  order  to  roake  a  hold  up.  My  cable  to 
you  was  to  prevent  it. 

YourB  very  truly. 



\  [  „  V  -»£X 

E  .1.  Lisman  JtCo. 



Mr  .H.H.Bonoh, President, 

Federal  Storage  BatteryiCar  Co-., 

Oliver  Lake,  N..T. 

Bear  Sir;- 

I  am  writing  this  to  confirm  my  telephonic  conversation, 
in  whioh  yon  expressed  yourself  as  willing  to  give  to  a  company 
to  he  formed  in  South  Amerien,  and  to  he  backed  hy  influential 
people,  the  exclusive  selling  ngenoy  of  the  South  American 
countries,  on  the  basis  of  the  company,  say  nine  months  after 
incorporation,  purchasing  a  minimum  number  of  care  per  month. 

As  business  down  there  is  naturnlly  not  ns  great  as  in 
Europe  and  the  United  States,  presumably  a  minimum  amount  of 
orders  of  $25^0.00.  per  month  would  be  reasonable  and  satisfactory 
to  you. 

We  are  denling  with  a  group  in  London  whioh  controls  the 
most  important  electrioal  undertakings  in  South  America  nnd 
are  satisfied  we  can  push  the  business  if  anyone  can. 

There  is  r  further  understanding  that  if  the  company  should 
conclude  to  erect  its  own  plant,  it  is  to  be  given  the  benefits 
of  all  your  and  Hr  .'Edison' s  patents,  on  the  Jobs  is  of  pnying  you 
royalty  of  $1.00  per  car  seat  on  all  oars  manufactured,  and 
paying  lir.Bd*won  the  full  list  price  per  battery,  less  a 
discount  of  lOfi  during  the  first  three  years,  and  if  Iff  .Edison 
reduces  the  cost  of  hie  battery  after  that,  time,  the  discount  is 
not  to  "be  leea  than  205 (• 

We  are  eending:  lir.Hdieon  a  copy  of  this  letter, 

^  '-p'j'i'  Very  truly  yours,  - - 


May  21,1912 

,1.  Lisjian  Jt  Co. 


Dear  Mr.Edison:- 

I  wrote  a  letter  to  Mr .Bench  the  other  day,  asking 
him  to  let  me  have  copy  of  the  contract  witn  you,  but  have  hnd 
no  reply  from  him.  I  am  afraid  the  trouble  with  Mr.  Beach  ie 
thnt,  he  ip  too  busy  working  on  his  car  and  hns  too  much  of  the 
ununi  carelessness  of  the  inventor  and  neglects  some  important 
business  points.  If  he  followed  your  canny  exnmple,  it 
would  be  better  for  him  in  many  ways. 

As  I  understand  it,  while  you  would  not  care  to  enter 
into  a  contract  with  him  for  certain  exclusive  rights  ns  to  the 
use  of  your  batteries,  you  did  say  thnt  you  would  enter  into 
nn  agreement  with  him  on  behalf  of  your  company,  that  Mr. Beach 
would  always  be  able  to  get  your  bntteries.  I  hope  such  nn 
agreement  has  been  entered  into.  If  it  has  not  been  done,  I 
must  urge  that  you  attend  to  it  in  justice  to  Mr .Bench,  to  myself 
and  apsocinleo. 

Y/hat  would  we  do  if  anything  unforeseen  should  hnppcn 
to  your  good  self  and  someone  phould  step  in  and  give  the  right 
to  somebody  else,  not  only  to  use  the  batteries  in  connection 
with  cars  moving  on  rails,  but  also  give  somebody  the  exclusive 
right?  Our  companies  would  be  substantially  worthless,  and  we  wool 
be  pubject  not  only  to  ridicule  but  to  severe  blRrne  for  overlooking 
this  important  foundation  stone  in  our  affairs. 

1  am  quite  sure  you  willssee  my  point  of  view  on  this 

ie  justified  end  therefore  Hope  before  X  resell  I, 
it  will  be  Attended  to.  . 

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Hr. TH os. A.  Bdloon, 

Orange ,11.  J . 

Ver y  truly  yours, 

A  dr  esse  T£l£or.  i  TON  NOM-PAR1S 


John  F.  MONNOT  m.e  -  a.s.m.e. 

Seul  Concessionnaire 


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I  have  had  no  answer  up  to  now.  Last  wee’:  I  ha1  the  pleasure 
of  ■laving  several  interviews  with  Ur.  Dyer  in  Bondon,  and  I 
ha.vo  acquaint  eel  him  fully  v/itli  Ber"aaua’s<  situation.  Tic-  las 
advised  me  to  £0  to  Berlin,  and  I  am  leaving  day  after  to-morrow 
to  meet  him  there.  ’.Then  I  visited  the  Bcrjaunn  aorl;s,  I  too!: 
with  me  Ur.  leven,  who  is  interested,  in  the  syndicate  I  have 
formed  for  the  development  of  the  electric  traction  hy  ‘"dison 
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Mr.  ?.  ,T.  Usman, 

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Ilev;  York  City. 

DeRr  Mr.  Usman 

Your  favor  of  the  21st  instant  hns  been 
roceivea  ana  its  contents  notea. 

You  vri.ll  remoraher  it  was  agreed  that  1 
would  not  make  a  contract  hut  would  have  a  Resolution 
adopted  hy  the  Board  of  Directors  of  the  Edison  Storage 
Battery  Co.  to  the  effect  that  if  the  contract  with  Mr. 
Beach  was  carried  out  you  would  always  ha  able  to  got  the 
hatter ies. 

Shis  shall  he  done.  I  will  arrange  to 
have  a  Directors'  meeting  called  in  the  near  future  and 
carry  out  ray  promise. 

Yours  very  truly. 


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Llr.  Edison! 

In  accordance  with  request,  wo  have  today  cabled  Hr.  Dyer, 
the  Berlin  Office,  as  follows: 

"Dyer:  Inform  liomiot,  Borenann  that  Lisman  left 
for  Berlin  yesterday.  Have  not  cade  any  contracts.  Hone 
will  he  made  for  traction  unless  lionnot  protected.  I  have 
no  control  of  Bench.  He  has  no  rights  from  me  in  Europe. 
Lisman  Looming  oar  Business  here." 

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F.  .1.  Lismax  &Co. 


Niw'VoRK  May  25,  3  912. 





Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  8.  J. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

We  are  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  23d  inst., 
addressed  to  our  Mr.  Lisman,  and  note  therefrom  that  at  a 
Directors'  Meeting  of  your  company  to  he  called  in  the  near 
future  you  "/ill  have  a  resolution  passed  to  the  effect  that, 
if  the  RAILWAY  STORAGE  BATTERY  CAR  COMPANY  carries  out  its 
contract  with  the  FEDERAL  STORAGE  BATTERY  CAR  COMPANY  or 
Mr.  Beach,  the  first  named  company  shall  always  he  able  to 
get  your  batteries. 

When  this  resolution  is  passed,  will  you  kindly 
send  us  a  certified  copy  of  same,  and  oblige, 

Very  truly  yours^; 

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Seul  Concessionnaire 



Thomas  A*.  Edison,  Esq., 


My  dear  Mr-  Edison, 

On  my  return  from  Berlin,  where  I  was  with  Mr. 

Dyer  as  you  know,  I  found  your  letter  of  May  16th  last  and  noted 
contents.  Mr.  Dyer  has  communicated  to  me  the  contents  of  your 
cable  to  him  stating  that  you  had  made  no  contract  and  will  make  none 
for  traction  unless  I  am  protected?  I  thank  you  very  much  for  your 
attention  in  this  matter. 

Until  I  got  your  letter  I  did  not  know,  what  was  going  on*  be¬ 
cause  I  had  met  Mr.  Doty  in  London,  who  told  me  he  was  over  here  to 
secure  Mr.  Bergmann’s  plant  in  Berlin  for  Mr.  Beach  and  Lisman,  to 
whom  you  had  given  the  Exclusive  right  of  the  battery  for  rail  trac¬ 
tion  in  Europe.  It  is  for  this  reason  that  Mr.  Dyer  cabled  you  to 
find  out  the  trufth.  I  am  glad  you  have  not  concluded  definitive 
arrangements  with  Mr.  Lisman,  because  it  would  seriously  interfer 
with  the  work  I  have  already  done  here  and  in  England.  I  have  in¬ 
terested  a  number  of  tramway  companies  and  I  am  now  negotiating  with 
the  London  County  Counsel  tramways  who  are  operating  all  the  tramways 
of  the  city.  They  are  very  much  interested  and  are  prepared  taput 
t£e  trial  car  on  their  lines  as  soon  as  I  can  get  one  ready. 


i  Thomas  A.  Edison, Esq. 

date.. . 1116118  s . 

•As  i'  wrote  you  previously  Beach  had  promised  me  to  send  me  some 
first  cars  and  not  being  able  to  get  anything  from  hiny&K-  a  long  time 
I  am  going  ahead  to  have  the  cars  built  here,  retaining  the  main  prin¬ 
ciple,  that  is  to  build  light  and  reduce  all  frictions  as  much  as  pos¬ 
sible.  I  have  adopted  the  four  wheel  drive  with  gearing  all  incased 
in  oil  and  entirely  protected  which  I  think  better  than  the  Beach  de¬ 
sign.  I  can  assure  you  that  I  am  fully  able  to  devejbope  the  traction 
of  your  battery  in  Europe  on  the  lines  we  have  talked  over  several 
times  and  that  I  can  secure  here  all  the  cooperation  necessary.  I 
would  therefore  be  very  greatful  to  you  if  you  would  let  me  follow  up 
my  plans  and  refer  to  me  any  proposition  that  could  be  made  to  you 
for  the  European  market.  More  I  will  develope  the  business  over 
here  more  you  are  likely  to  have  propositions  coming  to  you  direct, 
which  will  be  the  result  of  my  work,  and  being  on  the  spot  I  can 
determine  if  there  is  any  advantage  in  entertaining  them. 

I  saw  Mr.  Lisman  in  London  last  week  and  had  a  long  talk  with 
him.  I  explained  him  fully  what  I  have  done  and  asked  him  what 
where  his  plans.  He  told  me  he  had  not  made  any  as  yet  and  was  in¬ 
vestigating  the  situation,  but  that  his  main  object  was  to  buy  or 
Kase  none  paying  tram-lines  and  equip  them  with  battery  cars  and 
sell  the  bonds  and  expected  to  be  able  to  do  the  same  thing  in  Paris. 

He  said  also  that  he  did  not  know  that  I  was  developing  the  rail  trac¬ 
tion  and  that  I  had  done  so  much  work  on  it  already.  I  told  him  that 
it  would  be  better  that  he  leaves  the  question  of  getting  the  cars 
built  in  England  and  Prance  in  my  hands  as  I  had  already  the  technioal 
organization  for  that.  He  could  then  organize  his  expectation  compa- 
nj^and  I  would  furnish  him  the  battery  cars  through  the  builders  who  i 
are  taking  the  matter  up  with  me.  He  said  again  that  having  no  de- 

3.  m Thomas  A. Edison, Esq.. . . —  date. H’6'12. 

finitive  plans  he  would  take  up  this  matter  with  me  when  in  Paris  next 
week  and  that  in  the  meantime  he  would  do  nothing  without  consulting 
me.  I  do  not  think  advisable  to  give  any  exclusivity  for  the  rail 
traction  as  it  may  ant^f^fisslse  the  local  manufacturers  who  are  dis¬ 
posed  to  go  into  the  matter  and  may  reduce  the  sale  of  the  battery. 

I  am  convinced  that  I  can  get  better  results  in  being  able  to 
sell  batteries  to  the  manufacturers  of  approved  designs  of  cars  and 
get  their  cooperation.  If  Mr.  Lisman  will  enter  in  my  views  he  can 
certainly  help  to  the  developement  of  rail  traction  by  financing  some 
none  paying  lines  and  equip  them  with  battery  cars,  and  I  hope  I  will 
be  able  to  get  him  to  work  on  this  plan. 

Iflhen  I  talked  to  Mr.  Lisman  about  Doty  being  in  Berlin  to  secure 
Bergmann’ s  prranr  plant  for  him,  he  told  me  that  he  did  not  know  him 
and  did  not  want  to  have  anything  to  do  with  him,  and  he  did  not  think 
he  wanted  the  plant  at  all.  TThen  I  saw  Mr.  Bergmann  last  with  Mr. 
Dyer  he  asked  me  if  I  was  prepared  to  make  him  a  final  proposition, 
but  I  told  him  that  I  had  as  yet  no  answer  from  you  on  this  max|lt^ 

I  would  therefore  be  much  obliged  if  you  would  let  me  know  what  are 
your  wishes  and  if  I  can  make  any  arrangement  on  the  lines  I  have 
suggested  in  my  previous  letters.  I  am  of  the  opinion  that  there  is 
a  great  interest  to  get  this  business  out  of  his  hands  as  he  is  doing 
more  harm  than  good  and  it  is  a  pity  to  see  the  way  this  business  iB 

Doty  earner  back  to  l>aris  yesterday  and  told  me  he  was  going  back 
to  New  York  to  interest  some  other  people  in  Bexgmann's  plant  as  he 
saw  that  he  could  not  do  anything  with  Lisman.  On  my  part  I  do  not 
see  any  reason  of  letting  the  plant  go  in  other  hands  and  with  your 
permission  I  can  make  an  arrangement  with  Bergmann  to  ltdse  his  plant 


Thomas  A.  Edison, Esq,. 


with  option  to  purchase  and  run  it  more  economically  to  supply  the 
requirements  in  batteries  over  the  part  of  Europe  I  have  written  you 
about . 

I  have  created  quite  an  interest  on  the  Edison  Battery  and  have 
several  manufacturers  who  are  going  to  go  into  the  building  of  elec- 
trio  vehicles  and  we  can  expect  to  get  a  large  business  in  Europe  but 
it  wants  some  time  to  get  the  cars  out  as  everjtfhing  has  to  be  done, 
the  battery  traction  being  absolutely  dead  and  it  take  a  lot  of  work 
to  revive  it. 

I  do  not  wish  to  bother  you  with  a  lot  of  details,  but  you  can 
be  sure  that  I  am  doing  everything  possible  to  promote  the  business. 
If  you  will  have  enough  confidence  in  me^et  me  carry  out  my  plans f  I 
am  sure  that^ihe  end  you  will  be  fully  satisfied. 

I  received  to-day  a  letter  from  Mr.  Meadoworoft  of  May  29th  en¬ 
closing  letter  from  Mr.  Albanise  and  a  pamphlet  on*  concrete  houses 
requesting  me  in  your  name  to  warn  the  people  connected  with  Messrs. 
Harms  &  Small  that  they  have  no  patents,  and  have  only  taken  your 
ideas  which  you  wished  everybod#y  will  benefit  of.  I  will  take  up 
this  matter  and  do  all  in  my  power  to  carry  out  your  instructions. 

Hoping  to  be  favored  with  your  news, 

I  remain, 

With  best  regards, 

Tours  sincerely, 

.Tuns  Sttth,  1013, 

Mr.  J5cli so n ,  — 

Russia  needs  a  vary  largo  number  of  storage 
■batteries  for  firing  their  submarine  mines.  They  require 
3'i  volts.  Our  Type  B-P.  (Jell  is  large  enough.  Thirty 
Type  $-2  11s  would  he  sr.tisf actory  for  each  circuit.. 

They  wish  to  make  some  tests  for  this  work, 
not  to  extend  o^or  nix  months.  They  wish  me  to  lend  them 
thirty  Type  R-P,  (Jells  for  sir.  months,  at  the  end  of 
vrhioh  time,  if  the  cells  arc  satisfactory  for  their 
purpose,  they  will  buy  them  and  place  a  large  order. 

Fox  very  urgently  recommends  that  v/e  supply 
those  cells  for  tost.  Do  you  object? 


June  21,  1912. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Care  Edison’s  Laboratory, 

Orange,  N.J. 

My  Lear  Edison: 

X  have  been  asked  by 

some  of  my  English  friends  to  get  information 
about  the  Beech  storage  battery  oar.  Can 
you  give  me  any  information  on  the  subject? 

Yours  truly 

■Cc-C-L  U-LC'ltt 

1-  '  I 




C.  c*Aj 

^_^tf&.*i*w***** "******* 


Thie  letter  was  aooompanied  by  statements 
showing  the  entire  business  transacted  from  the  commencement 
up  to  the  30th  of  June  last.  The  particulars  inoluded  the 
total  amount  of  Storage  Battery  Celle  shipped  from  Orange 
to  London  and  Paris,  the  amount  of  sales  made  from  the 
London  Offioe  before  the  business  was  transferred  to  Mr. 

J.  F.  Monnot,  the  firm  sales  made  by  Mr.  J.  F.  Monnot  both 
at  London  and  Paris,  the  number  of  cells  on  consignment  at 
London  and  Paris,  the  quantities  returned  and  the  present 
stock  at  London  and  Paris;  in  fact  these  statements  will 
give  a  complete  history  of  the  business  in  all  details. 

We  are  now  handing  you  herewith  a  statement 
showing  the  subsequent  business  up  to  the  end  of  the  Snd 
week  in  July,  and  from  now  on  we  will  furnish  a  similar 
statement  weekly,  so  that  you  will  be  able  to  follow  the 
developments  as  closely  as  you  desire. 

During  the  fortnight  ending  July  13th  no  returns 
were  made,  so  that  none  are  indicated  on  the  statement,  but 
in  future  we  shall  indicate  the  cells  returned  from  firm 
Bale  or  consignments  at  the  foot  of  each  section,  deducting 


H.  F.  Miller  Esq.,  *3* 

these  returns  from  the  grpes  sal# and  leaving  the  nett  quan¬ 
tities  aB  totals  for  the  week. 

Ho  douht  Ur.  Frank  L.  Dyer  will  Paesalongto 

as*  SSiX 

forward  them. 

Yours  truly, 



Assistant  General  Managed. 


August  1st,  1912. 

I. ir,  peul  H.  Cromelln, 

Jjannging  Pirector, 

Edison  ranuflaoturlng  Co.,  Ltd., 

Vlllesilen  Junction,  London,  V.',,  Eng. 

Lear  Sir: — 

X  have  before  me  your  letter  without  date  addressed  to 

J. :r.  Lyer,  together  with  otatemente  attached;  alno  l!r.  vagaer'n  letter  dated 
July  17th,  addrenned  to  me,  all  having  reference  to  the  London  and  parle 
consignment  stocks  of  Ed  In on  Storage  Patterlos. 

i:r.  Dyer  has  asked  me  to  communicate  with  you  with  refer¬ 
ence  to  this  matter,  and  for  your  information  would  state  that  we  have  checked 
the  nhlpmontn  of  batteries  forwarded  to  London  and  Paris,  and  find,  so  for 
as  shipments  are  concerned,  that  all  agree  with  your  statement  as  forwarded. 

I  would,  however,  refer  you  to  sheet  A.  7Te  find  an  error  of  L  258,6.8.  in 
your  footing,  the  correct  amount  should  be  L  7414.14.8  instead  of  L  7073.1,4. 

On  sheet  E  on  error  of  $8.20  is  made  in  footing  the  royalty;  this  amount  should 
be  £225,90  instead  of  £217.70. 

After  deducting  the  sales  from  the  shipments  made  to  London 
and  Paris,  to  end  including  Juns  30th,  1912,  and  also  taking  in  consideration 
the  number  of  cells  out  on  trial,  we  find  that  the  oombined  stock  shows  a  bal¬ 
ance  on  hand  of  204  B-2,  269  3-4,  120  B-6,  813  A-4,  238  A-6,  200  A-8,  26  A-8-H, 
120  A-10  and  120  A-12  oelle. 

Hie  oombined  sale  amounts  to  £6015.00,  against  which  we  have 
reoeived  remittance,  in  amount  $3968.60,  leaving  a  balance  duo  of  $1046.60. 

62610-”.  II.  0.  2. 

in  try  loiter  of  Hoy  20th  i  asked  you  to  give  full  details 
oowrlng  the  numbor  and  typo  of  each  coll,  oto.,  which  your  renittnnoeo  oovorod, 
oral  again  broufjit  this  cotter  to  your  attention  in  ry  letter  doted  July  loth, 
but  at  thin  writing  the  information  hao  not  been  rooolved.  Eofore  propor  orodlt 
oon  bo  rendered  to  the  consignment  account  for  the  Material  soldo  wo  met  lwve 
full  arivioo  in  order  that  too  material  cay  bo  credited  to  your  conaignwmt 
acoount  and  ohorced  to  your  current  aooount  and  proper  credit  renderod  oovorlng 
remittancoe  received  to  your  ourrent  account. 

notwithstanding  8re  fact  that  your  statement  shows  a  aub- 
stantlal  number  of  cello  in  stook  at  T.ontlon  end  pario,  in  recent  letters  re¬ 
ceived  from  Hr.  Honnot,  he  advieen  that  ho  io  entirely  out  of  E-2,  3-4  and 
A-6  colln.  V'c  have  at  the  present  tier  ordorn  pending  for  tho  following  nnt- 
erlal : — 

For  shipment  to  London,  204  !?-£.  100  B-4  and  220  5-6  oollo 
••  •'  "  Paris,  120  3-2,  120  B-4  and  120  A -6  " 

Wo  expect  to  ehip  to  London  160  B-2  and  100  B-0  cells,  next  week, 

and  further  shipments  to  London  and  ''Or in  will  bo  trade  Just  as  rapidly  no  pon- 


We  end  one  hcrovdth  our  ntatecent  showing  batteries  shlppod 
to  London,  saloo  made  freer  London  end  stock  on  hands  also  shipneitn  to  Fnrlo, 
onion  mode  fron  parte  and  oted:  on  hands  tote!  saleo  from  London  and  Paris,  to¬ 
tal  aaount  of  remittancen  received  and  belonao  duo.  Vo  have  received  tire  fol low¬ 
ing  rcnlttencee  ngalnst  this  oonoignmont  account  :~ 

M»y  20th,  £2267.63 
July  25th,  1700.97 

a  total  of  £3968.50,  but  no  details  accompanied  either  romittnnoe.  ?art  of  tlreae 
reBittanooef  we  undorotand,  covers  saleo  Bade  fron  London  prior  to  Hr.  Honnot 
taking  over  your  stock,  and  part  representing  goods  odd  from  conoignrent  otoolc 
by  Hr.  I'onnot .  ’.Vo  shall  be  pleased  to  have  you  check  up  our  statement  with  your 
books,  sending  i»  the  lnforcrrtlon  desired  in  reference  to  remittances  received. 

B2610-I*.  H.  0.  2. 

and  would  ask  you  to  kindly  forward  further  remittances  pron^tly  end  also  send 
us  regular  reports  of  all  eslos  made  at  London  and  Paris,  In  order  that  wo  may 
he  kept  fully  Info  mod  as  to  the  conditions  of  stocks  at  Paris  and  London. 

Awaiting  your  further  favors,  I  beg  to  remain. 

Very  truly  yours, 

manager,  Foreign  Department. 


J. P.  MOJMOT.  Edison  ■  Week  ending  Auk:  3rd  1912. 

Bate  Bill 

Firm  Sales.  London. 


34  B6  A4  A6  A8  AlO  A12  Cases  Rlty  Hi  so.  B  S  B 


On  Consignment,  London. 

Brought  forward  from 
July  27  17  36 

6  170 

2  78.70  519.  4.  7. 

Tfirm  Sales,  Paris. 

Week  ending 

Aug:  3  64 


11.10.  1. 

On  Consignment,  Paris. 

Brought  forward  from 
July  27  5 


1.  .1.  Li  SMATV  X:  Co.  /  —  L'jiai 

i.NiwYttBK  AUR.2P., 

<**  4*  "yy 




Tbos.A .Kdison,  Bsq.  , 

Ornnge.H.  J.- 

Dear  Sir:-  ^ 

I  herev/ith  hand  you  copy  of  letter  received  i  rom  our 
friend?  in  Germany  a?  to  the  test  to  which  the  batteries  are  to  he 
emitted  over  there.  I  have  not  attested  to  translate  the 
letter  ,  because  I  do  not  feel  my  knowledge  of  the  technique  of 
electricity  is  sufficient.  Ho  doubt  you  have  in  your  employ  a 
number  of  young  Germans  who  could  do  this  job  very  much  better 
than  I  could. 

Kindly  let  me  have  your  suggestions  as  to  what  else  the 
batteries  should  be  tested  for.  All  this  is  Doing  done  with  a 
vie*  of  overcoming  the  old  reputation  the  battery  has  acquired 
over  there  during  the  last  few  years,  as  turned  out  by  Bergman. 

I  have  n sited  lir '.Beach  to  talk  to  you  again  about  the 
South  American  matter  as  I  feel  that  the  minimum  you  have  put  on 
for  the  third  and  fourth  year  will  scare  our  English  friends  off. 

I  would  like  to  point  out  to  you  that  while  these  people  are  not 
putting  in  much  money,  they  are  amongst  the  most  influential  people 
in  South  American  affairs  and  can  do  more  to  spread  the  use  of  the 
batteries  than  anyone  else  you  can  think  of.  At  the  same  time  if 
put  on  too  much  of  a  minimum  they  will  shy  off  and  I  could  not  do 
anything  nt  all.  They  are  the  people  you  really  want  and  I  think 

T.A  .15.-2- 

therefore,  it  would  ho  in  your  own  interest 
siltnUon  squarely.  I  am  personally  under  t 
you  nre  over  estimating  the  Elouth  Amerionn  r, 
nothin?  is  manufactured  down  there,  end  nil 
or  other  electricnl  appliances  would  nil  he 
United  States  or  Kurope. 

Kindly  let  me  hear  i'rom  you  on  ti 
Very  truly  yours 

ijj  you  would  meet  the 
;he  impression  thnt 
mrkot,  hecnnso 
trucks,  velii cl es 
imported  from  the 

.is,  and  ohli.-e, 


JAy  friends 

German  trade  journal 




li’irst  Year  . 400  A  6  cello, 

Second  "  . 4000  A  6  cells, 

jail'd  "  . 9000  A  6  cells, 

Fourth  "  . 15000  A  6  cells 

Fifth  "  ond  thereafter  . 20000  A  6  cells 

The  contract  is  to  he  for  fifteen  years. 

The  average  price  of  the  batteries  is  $13.50  for  A. 4-  150 
amp  capacity  others  in  proportion. 

In  case  it  so  desires  in  any  one  year,  the  company  may  instead  of 
purchasing  bn.tteries  pay  -a.  cash  price  equal  to  10,‘i  oi  the  list  price  of 
said  battert-o  as  a  penalty,  hut  still  maintain  its  contract. 

It  takes  shout  100  A  6  cells  to  propel  a  car,  seating  say  30 
people,  for  a  distance  of  50  miles.  The  Chesapeake  A  Ohio  R.R.  recently 
bought  a  cor  to  seat  about  60  people,  which  contained  200  A  8  cells. 

You  will,  therefore  see  that  the  minimum  is  very  reasonable  when  the 
various  purposes  for  which  the  batteries  are  available  are  considered. 

Tiie  minimum  above  mentioned,  applies  to  all  lotteries  purchased, 
whether  for  tram  earn  or  anything  else. 

I  -would  like  to  direct  your  attention  to  the  fact  that  one  of  the 
great  uses  for  the  battery  is  for  train  lighting.  A  number  of  our 
large  American  railroad  systems,  like  the  Illinois  Central,  for 
instance,  use  nothing  but  the  Edison  bo.ttery  for  that  purpose.  The 
Pennsylvania  R.R.  and  Union  Pacific  R.R.  are  .just  about  entering  into 
similar  contracts. 

The  Edison  battery  for  large  cars  weigh  a  ton  less  for  each  car 
than  thelead  battery,  ond  you  will  realise  how  much  this  saves  a 
railroad,  when  you  remember  that  the  average  po.ssenger  carriage  on 
steam  railroads  runs  a.bout  50,000  miles  per  annum. 

/  ‘ 


For  electric  automobiles,  for  motor  purposes  and  for  Gasolene 
oars  for  a  ighting  purposesiji  within  a  fev;  years  nothing  else  will  he  used 
but  the  Edison  battery  on  account  of  reliability  and  permanency. 

The  use3  for  the  battery  are  too  numerous  to  mention. 

Hr  Edison's  reason  for  not  desiring  to  give  the  exclusive  right 
for  purposes  other  than  for  cars  moving  on  rails  is  based  on  the 
following  excellent  reason:  A  great  many  orders  come  to  him  from 
export  commission  houses  in  Hew  York,  who  ship  goods  all  over  the 
world,  and  if  Kr  Edison  attempted  to  say  to  these  people  that  they 
allowed  to 

ild  be 

ship  goods 

•/  you  n  copy 

Bench  to  mo  nnd  see  you  end 

sent  to  our' friends  nbrond  canoe  mine  the  3ot 
.,ldo  letter  ?.e f e r tej ae  to  the  J.'.onnot  business 
I  .70 ul d  have  come  over  myself, 

Detroit,  tJhicnso,  etc.  prncti cully  nil  of  next  week  nnd  I  wo-, 
in  the  menmvhile  like 
re  Booth  Amer i on . 

’  letter 

)i;t  I  shell  he  in 

,  your  npprovnl  of  the  letter  sent 

Very  truly  yours, 

y-  lit 

r  P  ,WJ'U* 

(J.'  ;,j  ]VV  •  y  ?  y 

y  i  K*  4'  c" 

f\,tA  j  &  (\,  -<v. 

>  i: 

-1  #  , 




Dear  Tir.Bdison:- 

Referring  to  our  conversation  of  the  18th 
would  like  to  have  you  confirm  the  understanding,  in 
with  which: 

First:  If  Mr.Monnot,  whose  action  in  coming  forward  to 

make  you  a  proposition  to  take  the  European  rights  for  the 
battery  has  been  stimulated  by  our  activity,  should  fail  to  make 
good  on  his  proposition  to  put  up  $100*000  in  cash  as  a  guarantee 
that  he  will  huy  a  certain  minimum  amount  of  batteries  aggregating 
5.000  batteries  per  month,  then  we  are  to  immediately  have  the 
right  to  exploit  the  storage  battery  abroad,  and  are  to  be' given 
a  reasonable  time  to  form  a  company  or  the  necessary  organization 
for  that  purpose. 

Second:  We  understand  you  have  given  your  ^representative 

in  Paris,  Mr. Fox,  instructions  to  take  several  batteries  to 
the  Government  Testing  Bureau  at  Chari o.ttenburg,  this  being 
done  at  the  suggestion  of  our  representative  in  Germany,  Messrs. 
Gebruder  Li smann, Goethe  St.  Frankfurt  A.M. ,  who  will  cooperate 
with  us,  with  a  view  of  forming  a  company  to  take  over  the 
Bergman  interests.  We  understand  Mr. Fox  will  receive  instructions 
to  report  to  these  people  the  result  of  the  Investigation. 

Third:  We  are  at  work  on  the  readjustment  of  our 
contract  with  the  Federal  Storage  Battery  Company,  which  is 
«r .Beach's  company,  with  a  view  of  financing  a  five  car  trial 


t.rpJn  for  both  the  Erie  and  Illinois  Central  Railways.  It  Is 
understood  that  simultaneously  with  our  agreeing  to  do  this, 
youvwill  give  a  contract  to  the  Federal  Storage  Battery  Company, 
giving  them  the  exclusive  right  to  use  the  battery  for  cars  moving 
on  rails  for  five  years,  with  the  agreement  that  after  that, 
period  they  shall  always  be  Sure  of  getting  the  batteries  at  ns 
low  a  price  as  sold  to  anyone  else  for  the  same  purpose. 

Kindly  confirm  this  and  oblige, 

Very  truly  yours, 

Thos.ASEdison.Esq. ,  a;>. 

Orange, N. J. 

K  .1.  Lis>ia>-  &  Co. 

We  herewith  hand  you  tT'annlatlon  of  letter  received 
by  up  today  from  Germany,  which  explains  iteelf. 

We  would  thank  you  if  you  would  give  thie  matter  prompt 

attention,  because  the  writer  expects  to  leave  for  Europe  early 
next  week. 


Messrs. p.  J.LJ  sman  &  Co., 

New  York,  N.Y. 

Beer  Slrs;- 

Prankfurt  A.M. , 

Sept. 11,1912. 

F. .T.  .Li:s>nv3f  &  Co. 


NWYOKK  Oot. .  1, 1912. 

Dear  Mr.Bdison:- 

Bef err  ing  to  the  vnrious  conversations  between  u0.  as 
well  as  to  your  conversnti one  with  Mr.Beach,  I  wish  to  say  that  l' 

^  leaving  for  Burope.  tonight  and  that  Mr .Beach  expects  to  see  you 
this  afternoon  a,d  to  send  to  the  eteamer  h*  special  delivery  or 
messenger.  a  letter  of  introduction  and  also  of  instruction  to 
Mr. Fox,  in  accordance  with  which  he  is  to  notify  me  or  my  agents 
of  the  results  of  the  investigations  on  part  of  the  German 
Government  Testing  Bureau  concerning  your  battery. 

I  would  also  thank  you  if  you  would  write  me  a  letter 
agreeing  that  you  will  not  deal  with  anybody  for  the  Bergman  situatior 
or  that  you  will  not  allow  Mr .Bergman  to  assign  his  rights  to  anybody 
but  ourselves  or  nominee  until  April  1st, 1913. 

While  I  have  a  good  deal  of  election  for  your  good  self, 
this,  however,  is  a  business  matter.  1  have  been  of  considerable 
eervi ce  to  you  in  getting  a,  good  proposition  from  Mr.Monnot  and 
getting  left  myself  and  I  naturally  do  not  want  this  to  happen  again 
in  the  Bergman  case,  and  I  do  not  think  you  would  like  to  see  it 


I  have  also  agreed  to  finance  Mr.Beach’ s  experimental 
train  for  the  Brie,  and  I  think  you  ought  in  Justice  to  Mr.Bench 
end  ourselves  give  Mr.Beach  promptly  the  contract  promised  to  him 

him  of  bell 


buy  the  battery 

aft.erwa  rdo. 

We  have  all 
for  construction  of  o' 
the  same  purpose  and 
we  think  you  ought  to 
cons  jderati on. 

Tbos . A.Edl  son.Ust)..  , 

furnished  Hr.^eaoh  with  about  $150,000 
we  expect  to  Rive  him  $100, OuO  more 
view  of  this  large  fi nano ini  undortaki 
ive  this  matter  your  immediate  support 

Very  truly  yours-. 

You  understand  what  he  wants  about  Bergmann.  If  you  do  not 
understand  -  what  he  really  wants  is  that  in  the  event  that  Bergmann 
fails  to  carry  out  his  contract  with  you,  that  he,  Li  smart,  shall  have 
an  opportunity  to  take  up  Bergmann's  contract  and  go  ahead  with  the 
business  in  the  sane  territory  that  Bergmann  is  operating  in. 

In  regard  to  Mr.  Monnot,  Mr.  Usman  believes  that  Monnot  will 
not  make  good.  I  have  no  idea  why  he  believes  this.  Perhaps  it  is  "The  wi 
is  the  father  of  the  thought".  In  any  event,  ho  wants  you  to  tell  him 
that  in  case  Monnot  does  fall  down  that  you  will  let  him  go  ahead  as  he 
originally  intended  with  the  business  in  Europe ,  all  tho  time  as  far  as 
the  territory  outBide  of  Bergmann  goe3  only  for  the  railroad  business. 

In  regard  to  tho  last  two  clauses  of  the  letter,  there  is  no 
immediate  necessity  to  do  anything.  I  will  see  you  whenever  you  wish  to 
talk  it  over. 



October  24,  1912 

Edition ,  t-tercmn ,  Kaohman  and  l.ea:« 

I  have  a  lei  tor  from  •'r.  3.  V.  orsiot 
from  which  I  extract"  an  follows: 

".I  hove  had  niy  toiln:-  full  since  i:iy  return. 

Wave  hah  the  chase ie  1  purchased  for  the. 

next  Automobile  how  filtered ,  ftf-  I  had  to 

make  numerous  Irani.-.1  orau?  lionet  on  them  to 

Cot  them  in  ruape  to  tele  the  reach 

tod  Lor.  which  in  the  only  taint  that  sella  over 

hero,  nobody  liken  the  /'mcrioan  body. 

"I  have  Juet  got  u  few  new  orders  which  will 
lend  to  now  burinenn.  L  have  solo  a  one- ton 
van  to  an  electric  corporation  in  ..ngiand. 

X  secured  an  order  from  the  (Son  oral 
l!o at  office  loot  v.eek,  oi  London,  for  a 
low  truck  for  delivering  the  nail  hugs  from 
the  train  pir.tfor.n  to  the  host  i  ff ice,  on;! 
if  this  in,  auceosr ful ,  wo  will  hove  an  order 
for  a  few  honored  of  them.  This  track  X  an 
building  in  ;nylnnd. 

"Ae  ’.vc  wanted  an  >ntiliiih  reference  on  the 
battery  .for  the  Great  southern  httilv/ay,  ray 
london  Gales  Lanafjev  wrote  to  one  of  our 
firBt  cub  toners  -  Mr.  Kentor  n.  ’’.orrison, 
brother  of  the  aviator,  who  hah  purohannri 
already  from  us  six  batteries,  anti  here  is 
liin  answer: 

•As  you  c.slc  me  wlint  '=y  f-xperionoc 
has  been  with  your  battery,  which 
has  been  in  use  nov;  for  r.orao 
eight  months,  I  can  only  say  that 
it  has  been  absolutely  satisfact¬ 
ory  in  every  way,  and  X  am  so 
pleased  with  it  that  I  want  you  - 
to  put  ih  hand  at  once  another 
300  empere  hour  set  for  me.  This, 

I  think,  will  prove  that  X  am  quite 
a  convert  to  your  non-acid  type 
of  cell,  bishine  you  every  success, 

fours  truly, 

"The  battery  he  has  &c  uoeu  for  house 
lighting,  and  X  think  that  this  is  a  pretty 
good  reference. 

“The-  only  thine  io,  with  all  the  oeles 
I  have  made  (which  are  for  delivery  in 
a  short  time)  I  am  Going  to  he  entire¬ 
ly  out  of  stock,  and  X  do  not  eee  that 
they  are  shipping  our  orders  from  Orange. 

I  hope  they  will  soon  clear  up  all  of  my  hack 
orders,  as  they  are  urgently  needed.” 

:,i,  r.  imyoHigoh. 

Amongst  the  syndicate  are  the  f  ollowii 


Those  marked  1 2 * 4 

would  he  directors  of  the  company. 

■, rollett  Hall  (X)  Chairman  Entre  Rios  R.K. Co., 

Director  C-t. Western  of  Brasil  R.R.Oo,, 
Director  Cordova  Central  Ry.Co.,  etc.,  etc. 

Vice-president  Argentine  R.R.Oo. , (owing  or  controlling 
several  thousand  miles  of  line  in  Argentina)  etc., 

V. Branford  (X)  Acting  Chairman  Paraguay  Cent  R.R.Oo., 

Chairman  Asuncion  Tramway  Ry.Bt.h  Power  Co., 

S.  f.  ilendl  (X) 
J.^Heslop  (X) 

Director  of  the  Argentine  h.R.Co. , ,  'litre  :ios 

Deputy  Chairman  of  the  Rational  Discount  Co. 
Director  of  the  Paraguay  Central  Ry.Co. 
late  Manager  of  a  Chilian  Railway  Co. 

Senior  partner  of  Heslop  11  egg,  South  American 


Director  of  the  Bahia  (Brazil)  Gas  Co. ,  etc. 

(1)  Nr. Edison  to  stipulate  with  all  purchasers  for  export  not  to 
sell  in  South.  America. 

(2)  Mo  minimum  for  first  six  months  (or  nine  months?) 

(o)  A  few  Batteries  for  demonstration  purposes  in  South  .America. 

(4)  Could  Edison  xtocowinend  .v.  young  American  engineer  to  go  as  the 
special  agent  of  the  company  to.  South  America. 

Edison  General  File  Series 

1912.  Battery,  Storage  -  Foreign  -  Bergmann,  Sigmund  (E-12-18) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
the  commercial  development  of  Edison's  alkaline  storage  battery  in  Germany 
and  Austria-Hungary  under  the  auspices  of  Sigmund  Bergmann  head  of  the 
failing  Deutsche  Edison-Akkumulatoren-Co.  in  Berlin.  Most  of  the 
correspondence  is  between  Edison  and  Bergmann.  Among  the  documents  for 
1912  are  letters  concerning  the  proposed  sale  of  Bergmann's  battery  works 
and  visits  to  the  Berlin  works  by  A.  J.  Doty  of  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co. 
and  John  F.  Monnot,  representative  of  the  Edison  company  in  Great  Britain 
and  parts  of  Europe.  Some  letters  indicate  Bergmann's  relationship  with 
stockholders,  the  Deutsche  Bank,  and  competitors  such  as  Allgemeine 
Elektricitats-Gesellschaft  and  Siemens  &  Halske. 

All  of  the  documents  have  been  selected  except  letters  of  transmittal, 
duplicates,  and  variant  versions  of  selected  items. 

Stephen  Niedermayer, 
f"  87  -ICth .  A vo., 

Newark ,  ii .  Jm's,  abb.  I5t.h4  18. 


Pear  Sir;- 


I  take  the  liberty  in  asking  to  have  ap  jpt^. e n'v i ew 
with  you  in  regards  to  your  Stprage  Battery.  ^{<1  f 

As  I  have  been  employed  in  your  Plant  Vat  |;e^|tS'8rang'p 
N.J.  as  a  mechanic  and  I  am  well  aware  of  the  fact  that  this 
battery  is  the  Pest,  existing  I  presume  I  have  a  very  interest 
4ng  proposition  :im.  this  manner,  / 

On  the  twenty  fourth  day  of  this  month  l  am  leaving 
Newark,  N.J.  to  accept  a  position  as  a  lister  Jtoohanic  in 
the  tool  room  of  The  7/estinghouse  system  Out.o  7.'o rks  at 
Ar at ,  Hungary , Europe . 

T  think  that  I  see  a  posible  way  to  introduce  your 
Battery  in  Arat  Hungary  as  I  speak  the  language. 

In  expectation  of  a  favorable  reply. , 

I  beg  to  remain. 

1  Sk./tenT 

Mr.  H.  E.  Miller,  Secretary, 

Laboratory  of  Thomas  A.  EdiBon, 

Orange,  lf.J.  -  U.S.A. 

Dear  Sir:- 

We  are  duly  in  receipt  of  your  letter  of  March  12th, 
addressed  to  our  Director  General,  Mr.  Bergmann,  in  reference  to 
a  hill  for  #  262.50  for  Mr*  and  Mr8'  Roe«r8* 

in  connection  with  this  we  beg  to  state  that  the 
original  bill  was  turned  over  to  the  Deutsche  Edison  Akkumula^ 
toren  Co.  and  the  amount  of  same  was  credited  to  Mr.  Thomas  A. 
Edison's  account.  Actual  settlement  has,  however,  not  been  made 
up  to  the  present,  .but  payment  will  be  effected  within  the 
course  of  the  next  few  days. 

Yours  very  truly, 



€dison- Jtkkumulatoren-Company 

£*.  m.  b.  7j. 

Bank-Gonto : 

Deutsche  Dank.  DerHn. 



2erRn  J2„  den 
f)rontheimerslr.  35*38. 

fernsprech-jflnschluss : 

Jtmt  2.  Jfo.  873. 


laboratory  of  Thoraae  A.  E  d  i  a  o  n  , 

jl  J).  G  Code  (V±  u.  S’±  edition) 
and  Sitter's  Code  used. 


Betr. ;  Buchhaltung: 

Orange  H.  J.  U.S.A. 

Unter  Bezugnahrae  auf  Ihre  rait  Herrn  Geheinrat  S.Bsrgmam 
gof'ihrte  Correapondenz  teilon  irir  Ihnsn  mit.daaa  wir  die  Deutaahe 
Bank  Berlin  beauftragt  haben,  Ihnen 

Boll.  262,50  in  Check  a/]lew-York 
zu  uberweiaen.^elchen  Betrag  Sie  zum  Auagleich  Ihrer  Refi hnung 
Tom  31.  Bszember  19o9  unter  Anzeige  an  uns  verwenden  wollen. 

Ho  chaohtungeyo 11 

fiwfcto  EdisaihiLklfiiiiiiiiiiOi  sii-Companj 


[p.  ThomaB  A.  Edison, 

Lldwellyn  Park,  Orange,  E.J. 

ify  dear  Edison s- 

I  have  to-day  telegraphed  you 

•Doty  arr  ives  Berlin  twentyeeyenth  what  Proportion 
can  your,  party  make.  Monnot  inspected  plant  favorably 
impresoed.  Wire" 

and  in  connection  therewith  would  at  ate  that  I  bave  just  **0®^'" 
-ed  a  cable  from  Doty  ad  vis  Ing  that  he  will  arrive  here  on  the 

I  trust,  however,  that  Will  see  your  way  clear  to  make 
us  a  proposition  to  take  £his  off  our  hands  and  I  endeavor 

to  keep  Doty  waiting  until  1  have  word  from  you.  I  am  willing 
to  sell  this  plant  even  at  a  great  loss. 

As  you  will  doubtless  have  heard,  I  have  had  my  hands 
full  during  the  last  three  or  four  months  •  Thanks  he  repave 
simply  refused  to  give  us  any  more  money.Weextendedour  works 
with  the  expectation  that  money  would  be  forthcoming  from  the 
banks,  as  has  been  tha  case  in  the  past,  but  were  sadly  mista¬ 

Rathe nau  and  Siemens  instigated  systematic  intrigues 
against  me  at  the  banks,  seeing  that  they  could  “°t  *•«**•  “ 
m  far  as  technic,  construction  and  manufacturing  is  concerned, 
and  the  banka,  having  bigger  interests  in  Siemens  and  A.l.G. 
and  greater  gains  tried  to  strangle  me  and  turn  sy  whole  works 
over  to  ny  antagonists. 

BERGMANN  ELECTRICAL  WORKS  (machine  department). 

Ur.  Thomas  A.  Edison. 


You  wiU  recolleot  that  I  told  you  when  you  were 
over  here  that  the  prices  were  eimply  rotten.  Well,  my  compe¬ 
titors,  who  have  been  millring  the  oows  for  the  last  twenty 
years  and  who  are  in  manyinstances  their  own  customers,  Be¬ 
sides  having  hig  reserves,  could  naturally  stand  this  much 
better  than  we  could. 

To  mate  a  long  story  short ,  I  want  to  say  that 
a  desparate  fight  followed  and  while  our  dividends  will  he  re¬ 
duced  considerably,  1  have  been  successful  in  having  our  capi¬ 
tal  increased,  and  thus  can  keep  ay  works  going. 

We  have  nade  a  definite  arrangement  with  the  Sie¬ 
mens  concern  to  wodt  hani  in  hand  with  them  and  I  am  satis¬ 
fied  that  this  waB  the  oniy  way  out  of  our  great  dilemma.  Our 
independence  will  be  maintained,  but  we  will  cooperate  with 
Siemens ,  so  far  as  regulating  the  prices  and  turnover  is  con¬ 

I  am  relieved  to  be  able  to  say  that  1  «m  over 
the  hill  now  and  sailing  in  quiet  waters  again  and  should  never 
like  to  experience  euch  a  hard  struggle  again  in  my  life. 

So  now,  My  pear  Edison,  if  you  can  help  me  out 
in  this  battery  trouble,  it  will  be  appreciated  more  now  than 
ever  before,  as  this  is  ons  of  the  sores  which  the  Deutsche 
Baric  ascribe  to  me,  for  many  years.  They  simply  accuse  me  of 
swindling  them  abeolutely  and  having  induced  them  to  put  mo¬ 
ney  into  the  bifctery  business  under  false  pretenses. 

you  know,  as  well  as  I  do,  that  this  is  not  a 
fact,  as  I  have  msrself  invested  over  #300,000.--  cash  in  i 
the  battery  plant. 

I  learned  from  Mr.  Monnot  that  you  are  making 
great  headway  with  the  battery  in  America  and  that  you  have 
extended  your  works  considerably.  Eor  your  own  sake,  I  am 
glad  that  you  are  coming  out  All  Right. 

With  best  wishes,  I  am 

LCD  Edison  New^York . °  Doty  Arrives  barlin  twenty  seventh  what  proposition 
can  your  party  make  monnot  inspected  plant  favorable  impressed  wire. 

Bergman  Berlin 

844  AM 

C*J»4  P™*  fo** 

^  u A,JT<Um  <*o  ^ 

V  ^ 

April  18,  1112 

Kr.  Harry  '.'iller: 

I  hand  you  herewith  original  cable 
from  Bagman  addressed  to  Edison  Itev,  York,  and  in  accordance 
with  your  instructions  re. have  cabled  to  Beignan  at  Berlin 
as  follows: 

"Cublo  lowest  prico  you  will  take  net.  V/ill  see 
rhat  1  can  do.  Will  keep  it  soflfidenulal . 


CBNew  York  Apl  18-18 
Thos  A  Edison  Orange  NJ. 

TiCn  Edison  you  want  price  including  ground  building 

and  powerplant  wire  . 



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My  dear  TMiaoat- 

to  a®  awl  *  *•» 
▼ery  ®lad  If  ?' 


ie^saSTt’a-  ^swm&s 

'tpleawtlu  »  wh*t  it  really  «ean». 

«r  and  find 

you  credit.  Therefor  it  «*«#»  to  me 

and  graafc  p&aC  tr*  n®0?!®ri_ir-i<  *+«m  without  >our  knowledgec 
that  thio  fetter 

Awaiting  your  reply,  I  am 


BeJanTeie^S^  Dept  M,  Be*. 

Enclosure  to  our  letter 

^&U****  a' 

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Nir.VKR  L.AKK.  N.  J.  June  14  1912. 

Deutsche  Edison  Akkumulatorem  Co. 

Berlin,  Germany. 

Gentlemen:  - 

•  Fer  instructions  of  Mr. Edison  we  regret  to  inform  you 

that  we  oannot  fill  the  balance  of  your  order  for  Iron  Mix 
until  your  account  with  us  is  settled. 

We  trust  you  can  make  full  payment  at  once. 

Yours  truly, 


JVM/JEH.  Per.  y. 




Edison  Storage  Battery  Co. 

ORANGE,  N.  J. 



Edison  Storage  Battery  Co. 
orange,  N.  J. 


■  &  ■  'Cdx^en^ 

Ccky^  ^U/Crvus  ~>£^~  ^ia^CC 

XuJtrO?  £Ln -cJ'  -^sUL'C-  ^UrC-  Cc^u-1- 

6  ( I  Ts 

.  (° OlX-cJl  <t  C&Ari*-  0.^- 

August  14th  1912. 

Mr*  Harry  Miller: 

Referring  to  order  #1648  of  the  Deutsche  Edison 
Akkumulatoren  Co.,  dated  June  17th,  for  100,000  right  and 
100,000  left,  we  can  begin  to  make  shipment  of  these  tubes 
Septehiier  1st. 

50,000  on  September  1st,  and  60,000  additional 
each  fifteen  days. 

c.  t*fT 

August  llSth,  1912. 

Mr.  Harry  Hiller: 

In  accordance  wi th  your  instruc¬ 
tions  we  are  cabling  today  to  Edison  Cell,  Berlin, 

SB  follows: 

"Will  ship  September  1st  50,000 
and  seme  amount  every  fifteen 
days  thereafter". 

My  dear  Edison: 

Many  thanks  for  your  prompt  attention  to  ny  per¬ 
sonal  letter  and  I  note -that  the  Edison  Sfc»age  battery  (Jo.  has 
credited  the  Deutsche  Edison  Co.  for  $9300.--.  "further,  we  are 
wery  pleased  to  learn  that  the  Edison  Storage  Co.  proposes  to 
ship  50,000  tubes  by  September  1st  and  make  regular  shipments 
biweekly  of  50,000  tubes  from  that  date  onwards-  IJJjis  will  help 
us  very  considerably  in  keeping  things  humming  at  our  end. 

X  have  not  heard  anything  further  from  Hr.  Usman 
since  his  last  call  here.  Has  he  conferred  with  you  concerning 
his  plans  ?  Please  let  me  know  what  hiB  intentions  are  and  whe¬ 
ther  there  is  any  prospect  of  his  scheme  feeing  realized  ?  I 
understand  that  Hr.  Monnot  has  been  over  to  see  you  and  should 
esteem  it  a  special  favor  if  you  would  keep  me  informed  in  re¬ 
gard  to  any  changes  which  take  place  relative  to  your  storage  . 
battery  business  in  Europe. 

With  very  best  wishes, 


I  beg  to  encloeo,  herewith,  a  cable  from  Berlin,  reading: 

SEUDBRIEF  Have  you  shipped 

PROiasEi)  ironmix 

HEALTHY  Hurry  forward  all  you  poeeibly  oan. 
TALCIUU  Tologrnph  us 
EDI  8(3!  CELL 

Kuch  wont ad  hero 

J  t-Iillar 

Berlin  rs., 

September  9th,  1912. 

::t.  GcCfc.^ 

Mr.  Thoms  A.  Edison,  v 

Llewellyn  Park,  Orange, 
V.  S.  A. 

My  dear  EdisonJ-  .  J 

Owing  to  the  continual  and  never-ceasing  los¬ 
ses  incurred  in  connection  with  the  Deutsche  Edison  Company, 
the  Board  of  Directors  and  the  Banks  interested  have  decided 
to  convene  a  general  meeting  of  the  shareholders  at 

i  Tuesday.  September  24th, 

with  a  view  to  proposing  that  the  capital 
reduced  hy  one-half,  with  the  object  of  e 
the  Battery  Company  has  had  up  to  the  pre 
you  are  hereby  formally  invited  to  attnnd 

of  this  company  be 
liminating  the  losses 
sent,  which  meeting 

In  accordance  with  the  terms  of  the  agreement,  dated  / 
September  28th,  1905,  entered  into  with  you,  I  should  be  °*>liEsd; 
if  you  would  give  your  consent  that  the  nominal  capital  of  the  / 
Deutsche  Edison  Company,  Jng Jo.^D0p-|00ajiarks  ,  Of^nich 

86*  has  been  paid-upy-ahourd'be  reduced  to  1,500,000.  Marks, ^.^d 
in  order  that  thiB  may  reach  us  in  time  for  the  General  Meeting', 
which,  as  I  have  said  before,  takes  place  on  the  24th  inst.,  j 

.  •  b  * 

Vow  York,  fioptombor  12,  1912. 

t!U  5TKVEHS!” 

Enoloood,  herewith,  we 

,  bon  to  hand  you  e  onblo  iron  Berlin,  readings 

ACfflOH&l  Flenet  send  nn 
UliErlSCH  Soptorabar  5th 

nnewer  to  our  telograoi  ol 


,  1^ 


Sept.  13/1912. 

Mr.  H.  Uillen- 

In  nooordanoe  with  your  inetruotiona  we  hev*  sab lad  Edieonoell, 
Berlin,  a«  followei 

"Shipped  60000  tube*  September  6th.  will  chip  600  pound*  lromslx  esoh  week 
beginning  tomorrow.  EDISON." 

September  19,  1912. 

3.  Borgmann,  Esq., 

O/o  Borgmann  Electrical  Works, 
23-32  Oundonaraorstr. , 

Berlin,  Germany. 

Bear  Mr.  Borgmann: 

Your  letter  of  the  9th  inst.  to  Mr.  Edison 
has  been  referred  to  me  and  he  haB  asked  me  to  oablo  you  his 
consent  to  the  reauotion  in  the  oapital  stock  of  the  Boutscho 
Edison  Company  provided  that  I  saw  no  objection  to  this  being 
done.  As  I  do  not  see  any  objection  to  the  reduction  in  the 
oapital,  I  have  cabled  you  to-day  as  follows: 

"Answering  yours  ninth  instant,  consent 
reduction  oapital  to  one  million  five  hundred  thou¬ 
sand  Marks."-  Edison." 

Yours  very  truly. 




Deutsche  Bank.  Bc/in. 




-  jGkkumu/atoren- Company 

Q.  m.  b.  7j. 


j  j  I  2ert,n  J3,  rf«,3ept •  ...  *th,  1912 

fcrnsprech  -JJnschluss : 

Jtmt  2.  Jfo.  373. 

j*.  £.  C  God*  (h<±  u.  J»  edition) 
and  Sitter's  Code  used. 


Bin  ochre  iben  Registered 

Mra  Thomas  A.  Idieon, 
Llewellyn  Park, 
Orange,  W.J.- 


My  dear  Xdlson t- 

Aa  we  hare  previously  notified  you,  our  General 
Stockholders'  Meeting  took  plaoe  on  Tuesday,  September  24th  mad. 
and  the  conclusion  was  reached  that  we  are  not  in  a  position  to 
accept  the  large  orders  which  the  Prussian  State  Railways  have 
promised  us  in  oonneotion  with  multiple  unit  cars.  The  State 
authorities  are  perfectly  satisfied  that  the  Xdlson  Battery  should 
he  given  a  fair  trial  ana  hence,  they  are  willing  to  pass  us  an 
order  for  three  or  four  oars,  Mounting  to  about  160,000  to  200,000 

The  prospects  of  our  receiving  contracts  for  batteries 
for  train-lighting  purpose*  are  also  very  favorable.  Ails  scheme 
of  train-lighting  has  been  universally  adopted  end  at  the  pre¬ 
sent  the  lead  batteries  are  used  exclusively  in  this  field.  Pur- 
thermore  the  electric  automobile  proposition  is  looming  up  again, 
but,  as  you  know,  the  lead  battery  people  are  very  keen  and  under¬ 
take  extensive  guarantees  to  keep  us  out  of  this  particular  line 
of  business. 

Mow  you  will  realise  that  if  ws  aoocpt  these  orders 
from  the  Government  it  will  necessitate  fresh  capital,  but  this 
the  peutsohe  Bank  has  refused  absolutely.  With  the  exception  of 
myself,  the  Deutsohe  Baric  is  the  largest  stockholders,  so  that 
this  decision  on  their  part  means  that  we  shall  not  be  able  to 
accept  the  Government  contracts  and  will  be  forced  to  either 
sell  out,  or  shut  down  the  whole  plant. 

Considering  all  the  hard  work  and  worry  of  these  long 
years,  I  honestly  believe  that  this  business  ought  not  be  per¬ 
mitted  to  end  so  wretchedly.  What  has  become  of  Mr.  Liaman*s 
proposition  f  Oan  he  not  make  us  some  offer  on  the  prices  and 
estlnates  we  subnit ted  T 

J)eutsche  €dison -  Jikkumulatoren-Company 

g.  m.  b.  f). 

Mr,  Thomas  A.  Edison . 

If  a  now  company  should  be  formed  by  Mr.  Llsman  and 
yourself,  I  am  willing,  presided  the  oondltions  are  acceptable,  - 
to  take  an  interest  in  same,  in  order  to  demonstrate  to  you 
that  in  spite  of  the  shortcomings  and  failures,  I  have  not  com¬ 
pletely  lost  faith. 

During  the  meeting  I  have  tried  w  larel  best  to  per¬ 
suade  the  Bank  to  rot#  in  faTor  of  a  capital  inorease,  so  that 
we  would  be  in  a  position  to  execute  the  Gower ment  contracts, 
but  they  all  considered  it  an  absolutely  hopeless  case  And  the 
only  thing  I  gained  was  a  six  weeks'  ultimatum  to  decide  whether 
it  would  be  possible  to  sell  out,  or  whether  the  company  would 
have  to  be  liquidated  and  the  plant  shut  down.  I  advised  them 
at  the  time  that  it  was  my  desire  to  communicate  with  you  before 
deciding  one  way  or  another. 

Bor  your  information,  I  want  to  point  out  that  the 
Edison  battery  is  the  only  competitor  of  the  lead  battery  on 
this  side  and  if  the  Edison  battery  would  be  discontinued 
here ,  it  would  oreate  a  perfeot  monopoly  for  the  lead  battery 
people.  I  also  have  very  reliable  information  to  the  effect 
that  the  lead  Battery  People  are  trying  to  perfeot  an  alkaline 
accumulator  and  are  still  conducting  experiments  with  same. 

Please  telegraph  me  immediately  on  receipt  of  this 
letter  what  can  be  done  and  follow  it  up  by  a  letter.  This 
matter  is  of  the  greatest  importance  and  as  I  have  stated  above, 
we  will  hove  to  deoide  one  way  or  another  dn  about  the  31st  of 
Ootober  -  six  weeks  from  date. 

Awaiting  your  reply  with  great  interest,  I  am,  with 
best  regards,  «  \ 

Yours  sincerely. 

t L 



27  Septomber,  1912. 

i;n  STEVffllS:- 

We  bog  to  onsloso,  herewith, 

cable  from  Berlin, 

QUEHCHKD  Pleaoe  telegraph  approximate  quantity 




EDISO'.'CMX  j  yiiiar 



Sept.  27-1912. 


13.  H.  MIXER . 

In  accordance  with  your  request,  we  are  catling  EdiBoncell, 
Berlin,  as  follova:- 

"Beglnning  September  13th  have  shipped  1500  lhB." 
(Signed)  Edison. 


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Cclh  I*  k  o  i/ixnrj  jrrm  a^. 
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44  ^  Uj^u\  To  ~hfyi  faf-, 

kt-’i'iA-  Mjt'Mj  Wn  ^  ^tA 

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StlAfi  O  ':■■(■•  (  y- 

r-  iiuK  r&-  Am;., 


(M ~  7 /'■>-• 

Kr.  H.  F.  Killer, 


In  accordance  with  your  Instructions 

sending  the 

following  deferred  cable  to  FUlgura,  Berlin;- 

"Lisman  left  for  Europe  last  week.  You  will  hear  from  him. 

here  great  success.  Suggest  you  have  banks  representative 
here  investigate.  Edison". 

New  York,  October  16th,  1912. 

till  STEVENS :» 

’*’b  bog  to  enclose,  herewith,  a  cable  from  Berlin,  rending: 

8EQM3NTER  '.’.'e  have  settlod 




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SSCADERO  Send  nt  earlieet  opportunity 



J  l/illnr 

Hr.  H.  S'.  Hiller, 

Kindly  send  cable  to  the  Deutsche-Edison 
Jlkkumul a t o r e n  Company,  as  follows: 

"Will  make  shipment  of  50,000  tubes  on 
the  next  boat  sailing  about  the  22nd  instant.  Cannot  make 
deliveries  prompter  than  15  days". 

’  federal  storage  battery  car  company 

lf  BEACH  CARS  /  , 



Edison  Storage  Battery  Co., 
Orange,  N.  J. 


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-p.  Lokomotivfuhrer-  Landes  -  Zentrafbank  -  Aktien  -  Qesellschaft 

gcgriindcl  am  30.  September  I9U  mil  K.  250.000  Kopllol 
zweeks  Errichlung  von  Ein|amillctihUuscr*Gruppen  fur  Lokomolivfiihrer 

The  Federal  Storage  Battory  Oar  Company, 
Boar  Sirs, 

Konigl.  Rat  Moritz  Breuer, 

yOlrcktor  iter  K.  K.  priv.  SiKtUdim-Quu'lh 

rji'h  f.  ^ 

3rd  3opdomifeif  1912. 

Orange,  H.  J.  U.  S.  A. 

Your  address  was  given  to  our  Mr.  Joseph  Baneth  hy  Mr.  P.K.Dolbeer 
Sales  Manager  of  the  Edison  Phonograph  Dept .whom  he  inquired  for  information 
re  the  Edison  light  storage  battery.  V/e  now  take  the  liberty  in  requesting 
you, kindly  to  let  us  know  all  the  advantages  of  the  Edison  light  storage  bat¬ 
tery  compared  with  the  other  light  batteries  already  on  the  market, also  lowest 
export  prices, with  a  view  of  doing  business  as  your  Sole  Agents  for  Austria  - 
Hungary . 

The  president  of  our  organization  is  Alexander  Sdpkdz,  Member  of 
Parliament, Professor  at  the  Budapest  University  for  Technical  Sciences, lectu¬ 
ring  on  Electricity, former  Chief-Commissioner  of  the  Governement  for  all  the 
Railway  Companies  of  the  Country, who  takes  a  great  interest  in  Hr.Edisons  in¬ 
ventions  touching  electricity.  Our  vice-president  is  Doctor  Baron  Michael  Lang 
Member  of  Parliament, forThigh  official  of  the  Ministery  for  Finance.  Besides 
these  two  gentlemen  of  great  influence, wo  have  on  our  Board  of  Directors  repre¬ 
sented  the  official  delegates  of  the  Royal  State  Railway  and  the  two  most  pro¬ 
minent  private  Railway  Companies  of  the  Empire, i.e.  The  Kasdau  Oderberger  Bahn 
and  The  Siidbahn. 

Our  organization  is  controlled  and  supported  by  the  Governement  be¬ 
cause  our  members  are  all  the  Locomotive  Engineers  of  the  Country,without 

P.  t.  o. 



Being  thus  excellently  connected  with  all  the  Railway  Companies  and 
the  other  governemontal  institutions  throughout  the  Empire, who  are  ackn5(fodged 
to  ho  the  fexeateBt  buyers  of  storage  batteries, we  dare  say, that  we  are  ablfc  to 
do  the  best  business  possible  for  you, should  terms  and  conditions  be  suitable. 

Awaiting  the  favor  of  an  early  reply, we  beg  to  remain, 

Yours  truly, 

Managing  Director 


UWWmljor  1,  1912. 


Budapest,  Austria, 
fill  Elisabethriiig  60. 


Xow  kind  favor  of  BapSombor  3rd.  m  have  roforrod  to  Edison  storage  * 
Battery  Oft.,  a«  we  hare-no  relation-with  ‘them  except  in  the  use  of  their  batter" 
in  railway  cars.  The*'  will  give  your  letter  duo  attention. 

Undor  separate  oarer  we  are  minding  "cat  a  sat  of  1  iterators  deo- 
eriblns*  Beach  Cars  equipped  with  idiaen  batteries.^ 

Tours  very  truly. 

I.eFo'*  Coott 


Tales  Snnsgsr. 

lit*  tfttttas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.J.-  U.8.A. 

My  dear  Edison: - 

After  a  lot  of  hard  work,  we  have  been  eucoeseful 
in  inducing  the  Prussian  State  Railway  Authorities  to  equip  three 
accumulator  carsfor  heavy  traction,  which  are  being  built  by  the 
Bergmann  Electrical  Works  with  Edison  cells. 

The  order  has  now  been  offered  to  the  Deutsche 
Edison  Akkumulatoren  Co.  and  comprises  a  battery  of  360  cells, 
type  A  12,  for  each  car,  i.  e.  a  total  of  1080  cells  for  all 
three  cars.  The  prices  are  standard  list  prices  with  20#  dis¬ 
count  -  our  list  prices  are  identical  with  yours  -  . 

The  Authorities  propose  to  purchase  these  bat¬ 
teries  outright  on  the  condition  that  the  batteries  are  main¬ 
tained  for  a  period  of  10  years  at  a  charge  of  13  Pfg.  per 
car  kilometre.  In  our  estimation  it  will  be  necessary  to 

-  1  - 

BERGMANN  ELECTRICAL  WORKS  (machine  department). 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison  -  2  -  11.1.1912. 

renew  the  cells  after  5-6  years*  service.  This  means  that  the 
Deutsche  Edison  Company  or  whoever  supplies  the  batteries  will 
have  to  undertake  a  guarantee  for  the  capacity  of  the  cells  for 
a  term  of  five  years;  after  the  pxpiration  of  this  period  the 
batteries  must  still  have  an  output  corresponding  to  80#  of  the 
guaranteed  capacity. 

The  normal  discharge  current  will  be  110  ampB.  and 
the  cars  will  each  have  to  operate  for  a  distance  of  50,000 
kilometres  per  annum. 

The  maintenance  will  be  carried  out  under  con¬ 
stant  and  most  severe  supervision. 

On  account  of  the  existing  state  of  affairs, 
the  Deutsche  Edison  Akkumulatoren  Co,  cannot  effectuate  this 
order,  and  I  would,  therefore,  ask  you  to  cable  mg,  immediately 
on  receipt  of  this,  whether  you  are  willing  to  execute  this  order 
and  which  guarantees  you  are  prepared  to  undertake. 

This  matter  is  of  the  greatest  importance  and 
I  should  be  obliged  if  you  would  give  it  your  urgent  conBidera- 

CL/V1  d  cd”  d'C-O.'f"*  f  S  C  € 

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Hov.  16th,  12. 

Mr.  Harry  Hiller «- 

In  aooordanoo  with  your  request,  via  have  today  o ailed  Bargmann 
at  Barlin  aa  fallows  «- 

"£m  forty  large  oar  a  for  at  asm  road  Behind  ny  or  derB^  without 
guarantaa,  and  at  liat  jrioa.if  Government  wants  to  experiment 
let  thorn  tray  one  oar  and  try  it  out. 


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-wi/wM  ^VN— 

UucJ~~n  n*'w\  ^  ^h^r- 

Berlin  N  20,  6  December 
D  ronttaimerstr  35 

V/e  beg  to  advise,  hereby,  that  we  have  comndoeioned  the  German 
(Deutsche)  Bank,  Berlin,  to  remit  you,  per  cheque  «  N.Y.-  03972.00,  -hi oh  you  may  apply 
n  aottloM.ent  of  you'-  statements  of  the  7th  end  22nd  of  October, 

Plaaea  advise  u f  a*  receipt,  and  oblige. 

Deutsohe  Edison  Akkunnlntorm  Company 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Battery,  Storage  -  Foreign  -  Japan  (E-12-19) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  relating  to  the  commercial 
development  of  Edison's  alkaline  storage  battery  in  Japan  and  other  parts  of 
Asia  Most  of  the  material  pertains  to  the  appointment  of  E.  H.  Hunter  &  Co. 
as  the  sole  agents  for  Edison's  storage  battery  in  Japan,  Korea,  Formosa,  and 
Manchuria.  Also  included  is  a  letter  by  Everett  W.  Frazar  concerning  the 
potential  in  Japan  for  Edison's  business  in  storage  batteries,  cement 
products,  and  phonographs. 

All  of  the  documents  have  been  selected  except  letters  of  transmittal 
and  duplicates. 

Salts '&  Fbazab,  I/rn.  (Jk  Vx’’ 

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SALE  «  «...  LONDON,  a.  O.  V.  ..'  iV  ^ 

y  ^ 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq 

Hr.  Edison:-  \\ 


My  dear  Mr. - 

B„rlW  i; *»•,  J°» 

in  Bew  York  last  month,  Tariols  inf orraation  and  data  which 
return  to  Japan.  iae_ vaxx  0  me  reeardine  y°OT 

you  and  your  assistants  a o^ kindly  ftirniture,  houses, 

storage  battery,  y™r  ph f indeed,  and  as  1  believe 
etc.,  has  inte?e^®^flln®  Z  here  in  Japan,  1  desire  to  do  my 

First  as  regards  the  STORAGE  BATTERY.  While  nothing 
seems  to  have  been  clone  in  g^^f^Soffition.  1  think  I  t^ora«S’s«  ors«o;  -  -?1“x 

number  of  hydro-eleotrio  power  plantB  in  P  ^  village 

eleotrio  current  is  available  ^“"kT^oltoe  look  like 
in  the  country,  and  ?*  *  ou  have  made  no  arrangements 

a  luxury.  While  X  know  that  you  nave  ma  ^  sceptical 
toward  an  agency  f°r_^iL??11^init“hat  some  organization  must 
about  doing  so,  yet  you  will  admr “  e  y0Vl£  interests, 
be  maintained  in  order  to  ® Baiaeration  the  advisability  of  a 
I  would  propose  for  _  your  ooni consisting  of  a  half  a  dozen 
company  being  organized  here,  consisting  ^  ar9  m a 
gentlemen  of  whom  you  have  _  jf  you  approve  of  the 

position  to  handle  matters  ^n%e  done  on  the 

idea  I  shall  be  very  6  nnnroaohing  such  parties  as  Mr. 
subject,  and  have  in  mind  approaching  ^  (£nerai  Electric 
Geary,  the  representative  in  ^p^noxt  Ketoalf«,  repreBenta- 
Company  (one  of  my  very  best  f rienas T  WOnld  propose 
tive  of  the  Babcock  and  i^^ organization,  keeping 

that  this  company  aot  as  a  ^^^ly^i^hand,  from  whence  delivflr- 

stocks  of  your  batteries  ^^tantly^  supplierB.  one  of 

ies  can  be  made  to  local  de  me  to  have  a  sample 

the  most  important  *8B**®® purposes,  and  I  am  requesting 
battery  outfit  ford e?-°  p  |^  §arner  ( wh o  was  for  many  years 
mv  How  York  maiiss®^i  *-*_  *.**  Pottvoshv)  "to  soucL  out  ft 

connected  with  the  general  fltted  with  a  set  of  your  batter- 
representative  electric  txmOc  a9Bisting  Mr.  Warner  in 

ies.  Anything  aSoiated,  and  you  may  depend 

JSJ  myrplaoingWthe  ^rftfofyoS?  battery’ in  the  very  clearest 

March  5,  1912. 

light  to  the  Japanese. 

BEACH  ELECTRIC  CAE.  This  subject  also  is  very 
updwithetheVohief8eofSBaomQUo?r?ho  large  tramway 
companies  in  the  principal  cities. 

PHOTOGRAPH.  I  would  greatly  appreciate  any  information 

and  what  you  have  done  so  far. 

Owing  to  the  Japanese  employing  flimsy  wood  houses,  the  loss 
■hv  fire  eaoh  vear  is  enormous.  If  cheap  houses  and  furniture 
can  he  made  of  cement,  a  great  opportunity  exists,  and  one  which 
I  think  you  will  do  well  to  study. 

With  very  kind  regards,  believe  me. 
Yours  very  sincerely. 

X  ~UJ 


,  ALU  TH  E  IMPERIAL  JAPAN  E  S  E  GOVERN  M  ENT  LI  ST  ^  ^  ^ ^  ^ 

„/.;■■, . Aus .  rfetrr. . ms . 

0*^.1-  d,iW':-'t  ': 

^.6,  csureTr. , 

CLO-C  >|!  ^’ ^  ' 

Messrs.  The  Edison  Storage  Battery  60^, 

New  York.  Ofc-fe  ■**"'s4‘'*‘ 


Dear  Sirs,  /jLCCcr-^'- 

We  are  in  receipt  of  a  letter  from  our  New  York  Agents 
Messrs.  0.  Tennant  Sons  &  Co.  in  which  they  give  us^ag^^swTCrpt  from 
your  letter  dated  July  1st.  1912,  from  which  w^fiote  you  cannot 
grant  us  the  sole  agency  for  your  oells  for  Japan7~gi^ing  as  a 
reason  the  increasing  number  of  enquiries  you  are^eoe lying  from 
this  territory. 

■  From  what  you  write  in  your  letter  you  cannot  be  aware 
of  the  amount  of  pioneer  work  we  have  done  on  behalf  of  your  battery, 
both  as  a  means  of  propulsion  for  vehicles  and  for  train  lighting. 

We  have  as  you  know  imported  one  sample  cell  for  demonstration 
purposes  and  110  cells  through  the  Federal  Storage  Battery  Car  Co. 
entirely  at  our  own  expense  in  order  to  demonstrate  the  advantages 
of  this  battery.  We  have  interviewed  Railway  officials,  Universities, 
Technical  Sohools  and  Electric  Tramway  Companies,  and  have  already 
spent  over  Gold  $10,000.00  in  advertising  to  some  advantage  as  your 
letter/  shows  where  you  state  "as  indicated  by  the  large  number  of 
inquiries  and  increased  business  received  from  there". 

The  EdiBon  Storage  Battery  Co.  Page  2.  6/8/12. 

The  Edieon-Beaoh  Car  has  now  arrived  and  on  the  24th  ultimo 
we  had  a  trial  run  on  The  Kobe  Electric  Railway  Go's  lines  running 
between  Kobe  and  Hiogo.  During  this  run  we  arranged  for  several  of 
the  Imperial  Gdvernment  Railway's  officials  to  be  present  in  order 
to  shew  them  for  themselves  the  advantages  to  be  gained  by  utilising 
these  cars  and  batteries.  For  your  guidance  we  enclose  herewith 
photographs  which  were  taken  prior  to  the  trial  run.  In  the  car 
is  seated,  among  other  official s^ Mr.  Hasegawa,  the  Superintendent 
and  Chief  Engineer  of  The  Imperial  Government  Railways  Western 
Division.  On  the  outward  Journey  some  officials  from  The  Municipa¬ 
lity  and  Post  Office  as  well  as  the  Chief  of  Police  accompanied  us 
and  the  whole  method  of  operation  was  minutely  explained  to  them. 

We  are  at  present  issuing  invitations  to  all  the  newspapers 
as  well  as  about  three  hundred  Engineers  and  Officials  whom  we  considei 
are  directly  interested  in  such  an  undertaking  to  a  demonstration 
run  and  banquet.  All  this  we  need  hardly  mention  will  tend  to 
increase  considerably  the  amount  we  have  already  expended  in  an 
attempt  to  develop  this  agency  and  make  a  success  of  your  batteries 
and  Beach  Cars  &c. 

To  recoup  ourselves  for  this  outlay  we  expected  to  receive 
your  sole  agency  or  at  least  a  substantial  covering  commission  for 
say  a  period  of  three  years  during  the  greater  part  of  hhlch  time 
we  snail  have  to  take  orders  at  practically  cost  to  thoroughly 
advertise  your  battery  for  purposes  other  than  traction. 

For  railroad  and  street  car  work  we  are  preparing  a  set 
of  price  lists  in  conjunction  with  the  Federal  Storage  Battery  Car 
Co's  cars,  which  will  be  useless  if  any  merchant  can  import  your 
cells,  because  the  complete  car  will  be  made  in  Japan,  only  the  cells 

The  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.  Page  3.  5/8/12. 

being  imported,  and  as  they  will  be  used  6n  machines  unsuited  for 
the  purpose  your  oellB' will^we  wftll  realise  ,get  very  soon  a  bad 

We  should  not  be  in  a  position  to  guarantee  any  given 
amount  of  business  at  present,  but  in  say  a  year  or  so  we  should  be 
able  to  judge  of  the  demand . 

We  trust  that  you  will  reconsider  your  deoision  and  if 
you  will  not  consider  granting  us  your  exclusive  agency  we  should 
like  you  at  least  to  allow  ua  such  a  oovering  commission  as  will 
enable  us  to  continue  our  present  system  of  advertising  and  recoup 
us  at  any  rate  for  some  of  the  money  already  spent  on  the  exploitation 
and  development  of  Beach  care  and  Edison  Batteries. 

Awaiting  the  favour  of  an  6arly  reply. 

We  are.  Dear  Sirs, 

Yours  faithfully, 





October ^ 

v. >'V^ 

^V">u;V  / 

soussed  this  Subject  of  the  letter  of 

yr.  Harry  Pillar,  secretary, 

Edison  lahFtttories, 

Orange,  J. 

Hy  dear  Hr.  Hillers 

Hr.  Beach  discussed  this  Subject  c-  -  „ 

August  8th  of  the  E.  H.  Hunter  Company  with  Hr.  Edison  within  the 
last  few  days  and  Hr.  Edison  stated  that  he  would  reply  directly 
to  these  people. 

I  enclose  copy  of  their  letter  with  our  reply 
of  even  date  for  your  reference. 

Yours  very  truly. 

i  (^  c 





SILVER  LAKE.  NEW  JERSEY  Oct.  3,  1912. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison. 

Orange,  H.  J. 

My  dear  Hr.  Edison: 

Attached  please  find  letter  from  Hunter  &  Go.  This  has  been 
hanging  fire  quite  a  long  time  and  I  meant  to  see  you  about  it  bofore. 

The  situation  is  -  that  C.  Tennant  Sons  &  Co.  are  agents  in 
this  country  for  Hunter  &  Co.  of  Japan.  We  have  done  our  business  with 
C.  Tennant  Sons  £•  Co. and  at  the  time  we  appointed  Hunter  Sc  Co.  our 
agents  I  talked  it  over  with  you  and  you  said  you  would  give  them  your 
agency  for  the  battery  in  Japan.  They  have  taken  hold  of  the  business 
earnestly  and  have  bought  a  car  and  have  it  in  operation  in  Kioto.  They 
are  a  large  and  responsible  house  and  as  far  as  I  have  been  able  to  find 
out  seem  to  fill  the  bill.  They  now  want  spjjn  agency.  Of  course 
whether  you  give  it  to  them  or  not  is  vip  to  -them.  It  is  a  fact  that  you 
did  promise  it  and  we  promised  that  they  should  have  it.  This  iB  all 
I  can  tell  you  about  it. 

Yours  truly, 




October  3,  1913. 

liOBore.  E.  r.  Hunter  &  Co.,  , 

i’oicioo  Japan. 


Replying  to  years  of  tho  1st,  tho  letter  from  ycrar  principals 
to  lir.  BUson  of  Augast  8tli  hnc  1)8611  diccssRed  betwon  to.  Boadh  end 
l!r.  EdlBcn,  and  i!r.  lUioon  will  reply  directly  thoroto.  1  rogret  voiy 
nradi  that  there  11100  ary  delay,  hat  ®e  have  been  exceedingly  paahoi 
with  tho  throe  oar  train  demonstration,  details  of  which  I  will  oond  you 
in  a  day  or  go,  end  l'.r.  Ediacia  too  been  particularly  busy  for  tho  past 
several  weots  on  aerca  important  experiments. 

Yoarn  vory  truly. 

E.  H.  HUNTER  &  CO. 



II U, 





ftOV*  4,  19X2 •  _ 

Mr.  H.  P.  Miller,  Secretary  to 
Mr*  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Edison  laboratory, 

,  N.  J. 

2  -kJuSL  y  r 


Dear  Sirs:-  |  |y 

We  b  eg  to  refer  you  to  our  letter  of  October  3rd,  aiRd 
to  a  letter  addressed  to  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company  by 
our  principals,  as  above,  un<pr  sate  of  August  5th.,  In  further 
connection  with  the  matter  referred  to  we  are  enclosing  herewith 
photographs  of  the  oar  referred  to  as  well  as  some  reports,  which 

have  been  Inserted  in  the  native  newspapers  in  Japan. 

We  trust  that  within  the  next  few  d&yB  youtmay  have 
an  opportunity  of  securing  enough  of  Mr.  Edison's  time  to  go 
definitely  into  the  matter  referred  to,  and  that  the  same 
may  haj$e  from  him  the  consideration  we  feel  it  ^serves. 

Thanking  you  in  anticipation, for  your  efforts  in  our 
behalf,  we  are 

Yours  very  truly, 

As  Agents  for  Messrs  E.  H.  Hunter  &  Co. 



6th,  1912. 

Messrs.  E.  H.  Hunter  &  Co., 

Osaka,  Japan. 

Gentlemen: - 

Referring  to  the  correspondence  I  have 
had  with  you  in  regard  to  granting  to  you  the  sole  agency 
for  the  sale  of  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  in  Japan 
allow  me  to  confirm  the  conversation  I  had  on  the  4tn 
SatSutwith  Mr.  C.  J.  Rentier,  the  representative  of 
your  Hew  York  Agenoy  in  regard  thereto. 

I  told  Mr.  Rentier  that  I  would  not 
consider  any  contract  arrangement  to  tie  up  the  terri- 

Skris  SlMKM  £»  “ 

of  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  in  Japan,  Corea,  Formosa 
namely^saleo  S  2  SWEyf ttaf 

*°of aSS.BSTLSBS4 sSragen|s  In  |?11  not  ! knowingly 

oeive  from  your  territory  concerning  the  battery. 

If  it  is  found  that  you  are  not  work- 

arrangement  to  an  end  by  similar  notice. 

It  is  understood  that  this  arrange- 

lost  named  right  1  reserve  to  myself. 

If  the  arrangement  outlined  in  this 
letter  is  satisfactory  to  you,  please  send  me  your 
written  acceptance  thereof. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Birthday  Celebration  (E-12-20) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  pertaining  to 
a  dinner  party  and  reception  in  honor  of  Edison's  sixty-fifth  birthday.  The  letters, 
written  by  organizers  and  attendees  of  the  celebrations,  concern  the 
presentation  of  a  loving  cup  to  Edison,  commemorative  photographs,  and 
publicity  related  to  the  celebrations,  which  were  held  at  Glenmont,  the  Edison 
residence  in  Llewellyn  Park,  New  Jersey.  Included  are  letters  by  Robert  T. 
Lozier,  chairman  ofthe  birthday  committee,  William  H.  Meadowcroft,  treasurer, 
and  longtime  Edison  associates  such  as  Edward  H.  Johnson,  Thomas 
Commerford  Martin,  and  Francis  R.  Upton.  Several  attendees  are  identified  in 
the  documents  as  "Old  Timers"  or  individuals  who  were  connected  with 
Edison's  electric  lighting  concerns  and  affiliated  companies. 

Approximately  30  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  items  are  mainly  letters  of  transmittal  and  acknowledgment  and 
other  routine  correspondence  regarding  the  payment  of  expenses  and  the 
collection  of  fees. 

Iso  Church  St.,  N?’y.  Cit 

January  27,  1912. 

y,  H.  Meadowcroft,  Esq., 

Care  Edison*s  laboratory, 

Orange,  N.J. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  have  a  letter  from  Mr.  Insull,  who 
is  now  in  London,  telling  me  that  Mrs.  Edison  spoke 
to  him  when  she  was  in  Chicago  about  giving  Mr.  Edison 
a  surprise  party  on  his  birthday,  and,  as  that  event 
occurs  on  Sunday,  February  11th,  the  chances  are,  if 
Mrs.  Edison  does  anything,  it  will  undoubtedly  be  on 
Saturday,  February  10th  or  Monday,  February  12th.  Mr. 

Insull  also  told  me  that  if  I  did  not  hear  anything 
from  Mrs.  Edison  that  I  had  better  write  to  you  and  ask 
you  to  post  me  about  the  matter  so  that  I  can  advise 
Mr.  Insull  by  cable.  Mr.  Insull  thought  perhaps  you 
had  better  post  me  by  wire.  Mr.  Insull  wants  me  to  wern 
you  not  to  say  anything  to  Mr.  Edison  about  it  as  Mrs.  Edisc 
wants  to  arrange  it  as  a  surprise.  Mr.  Insull  says  that  if 
you  do  not  know  about  the  matter  to  kindly  speak  to  Mrs. 
Edison  about  it. 

After  Mr.  Insull  had  sailed  we  reoeived  a  letter 


from  Mr.  Robert  Lozier^and  it  had  been  suggested  by  some  of 

the  original  Edison  men  to  visit  with  Mr.  Edison  on 
Saturday,  Eebruary  10th.  This  information  I  sent  to 
Hr,  Xnsull  hy  cable  and  I  also  sent  him  a  copy  of  Mr. 
Lozier's  letter  and  he  wired  me  in  reply  to  send 
Mrs.  Edison  a  copy  of  Mr.  Lozier's  letter  and  a  list  of 

the  people  which  accompanied  the  letter  from  Mr.  Lozier, 

but  up  to  date  we  have  heard  nothingAfrom  Mrs.  Edison. 

I  am  giving  you  all  of  this  information  so  that 
you  will  know  the  whole  story  and  would  thank  you  if  you 
would  post  me  by  wire,  as  suggested  by  Mr.  Insull,  and 
I  will  immediately  cable  him.  I  might  add  that  Mr.  Insull 
expects  to  sail^on  Wednesday,  the  31st,  on  the  Kronpnnz 

Thanking  you  in  advance,  I  remain 

Yours  truly 

Mr.  W.  H.  Meadowcroft, 
c/o  T.  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.  J.  January  27,  1912. 



Dear  Priend: 

Mrs.  Edison  is  arranging  a  dinner  for  a  number  of 
Mr.  EdiBon’s  intimate  associates  to  be  given  in  advance  of 
the  reception  referred  to  herein. 

Your  Committee  has  considered  that  it  is  the  desire 
of  those  invited  to  present  Mr.  Edison  with  some  personal 
expression  of  their  friendship  and  admiration  on  that  oc¬ 

Time  does  not  permit  of  conferring  with  each  one 
in  person  so  we  have  assumed  the  responsibility  of  ordering 
from  Bifeck,  Starr  &  Erost  a  Sterling  silver  loving  cup  on 
the  face  of  which  will  he  appropriately  engraved  the  purpose 
of  the  presentation  and  on  the  obverse  side  will  be  engraved 
the  names  of  the  donors. 

The  cost  of  this  cup  complete  is  $250  and  to  meet 
this  expense  it  is  estimated  that  an  assessment  of  $10.00 
for  each  person  included  will  be  necessary. 

If  it  is  your  desire  to  contribute  kindly  inolude 
in  your  remittance  oovering  the  reception,  this  amount  mak¬ 
ing  the  total  $13.00  and  mail  same  at  once  to  Mr.  William 
H.  Meadcwcroft  c/o  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Orange,  New  Jersey. 

Conveyances  will  meet  "Lackawanna"  train  leaving 

West  23rd  Street  4.50  P.  M. 

Barclay  "  6.00  " 

Christopher  "  6  CO  " 

(See  also  Hudson  Tubes). 

It  is  proposed  that  guests  wear  demi- dress  (dinner 

coats) . 

Robert  T.  Lozier,  Chairman. 

E.  H.  Johnson, 

Prank  S.  Hastings, 

Charles  A.  Benton, 

Arthur  Williams, 

William  H.  Mead owcr oft,  Treasurer. 

January  27,  1912. 

Dear  Friend: 

Due  to  certain  changes  that  hare  taken  place  Bince  the 
letter  of  January  8th,  1912,  it  has  been  found  inadvisable  to  carry 
out  the  birthday  dinner  to  be  given  to  Mr.  Edison  aB  then  planned. 

Instead  thereof,  Mr.  &  Mrs.  Edison  invite  us  to  a  recep¬ 
tion  to  be  given  at  their  residence,  "Glenmont"  llewellyn  Park 
(Orange)  New  Jersey,  at  8:30  P.M.,  Saturday  evening,  February  10th, 
1912.  Formal  invitations  will  follow.  As  ladies  will  not  be  present 
dress  will  be  informal. 

Conveyances  will  meet  the  "Lackawanna"  train  leaving, 

West  23rd  Street,  7:20  P.  M. 

Barclay  Street,  7:30  P.  M. 

Christopher  Street,  7:30  P.  M. 

(See  also  Hudson  lubes) 

If  you  have  not  already  sent  in  your  photograph,  kindly 
do  so  at  once.  It  has  been  found  impossible  to  get  all  of  the 
photographs  in  on  time  to  have  them  ready  for  presentation  on  the 
evening  of  the  event.  Therefore,  this  feature  will  be  withheld 
until  oorapleted.  In  lieu  thereof,  and  in  addition  thereto,  an  en¬ 
grossed  set  of  resolutions  appropriately  bound  will  be  presented 
on  that  occasion. 

Due  to  this  and  other  matters  connected  with  this  cel¬ 
ebration,  the  contributions  toward  the  presentations  have  been 
increased  from  $1.00  to  $3.00. 

If  you  have  remitted,  Mr.  Meadowcroft  will  communicate 
with  you  concerning  same. 

If  you  have  not  as  yet  remitted,  kindly  do  so  to  Mr. 
William  H.  Meadowcroft,  Treasurer,  o/o  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Orange, 

New  Jersey. 

Kindly  send  ALL  FUTURE  COMMUNICATIONS  in  his  care. 

Robert  T.  Lozier,  Chairman. 

E.  H.  Johnson, 

Frank  S.  Hastings, 

Charles  A.  Benton, 

Arthur  Williams, 

William  H.  Meadowcroft,  Treasurer. 







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and  have  asked  Mareeau  of  26th  Street  and  5th  Avenue, 
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January  30,  1912. 

Mr,  W.  H.  Meadoworoft, 

Care  Mr.  Thos.  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  H.J. 

My  dear  Mr.  Meadov/oroft: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  the  several  oommunioa- 
tions  sent  out  by  Mr.  Robert  I.  Lozier,  in  connec¬ 
tion  with  his  efforts  to  get  together  a  lot  of  the 
"old  boys"  from  65  Fifth  Avenue,  to  celebrate  the 
birthday  of  Mr.  Edison. 

I  was  absent  at  the  time  of  the  receipt  of 
his  first  letter,  but  immediately  1  arrived  home  I 
complied  with  his  request,  accepted  the  invitation 
and  sent  him  check  for  $6.00,-  I  think  five  of  whioh 
was  to  go  toward  the  dinner  that  we  were  to  tender 
Edison,  and  one  dollar  for  the  framing  up  of  a  com¬ 
bined  photograph. 

Communication  received  under  date  of  the  27th 
states  that  the  plans  have  been  changed,  and  therefore, 
the  contribution  will  be  $13.00,  instead  of  six.  Hav¬ 
ing  already  sent  the  six,  I  now  enclose  my  check  for 
$7.00,  making  in  all  $13.00,  the  latter  drawn  to  your 
order  as  Treasurer.  If  there  are  any  additional  con¬ 
tributions  required,  be  good  enough  to  notify  me,  and 
I  can  assure  you  a  check  will  go  forward  without  un¬ 
necessary  delay. 

In  this  connection  I  want  to  say  that  the 
suggestion  of  this  party  would  probably  not  have  im¬ 
pressed  me  as  it  has,  had  it  not  been  for  the  enclosure 
of  the  list  of  the  "old  boys"  invited.  I  have  looked 
over  the  names,  and  it  brings  back  many  fond  recollec¬ 
tions  and  incidents  connected  with  the  early  develop¬ 
ment  of  the  Edison  Lighting  System. 

I  have  accepted  the  invitation  and  expect  to 
be  present,  but  to  do  so  X  must  break  several  important 
engagements,  all  of  which  I  hope  and  expect  to  do,  and 
should  anything  transpire  to  prevent  my  being  present 
I  certainly  shall  be  heart-broken. 

Very  truly  yours, 

Jfeto  Hack  JIuhlic  JTibcatg 
Anlor  fma  anb  Wilber  ^Fcunbntians 

S c*  U ty«  . 

JU&U . j. 

,s.Q., . -/on. 

Mr.  William  K.  Meadowerof t , 

C/o  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Ornnge,  1J.J. 

Dear  Friend :  : 

From  Mr.  Lozier's  communication 
of  the  27th. ,  I  see  that  oome  certain 
changer,  have  taken  place,  namely,  -  a 
reception  instead  of  o  dinner.  I  do 
not  know  which  io  healthier,  but  I  can 
assure  you  that  I  feel  very  happy  in 
anticipation  of  meeting  all  my  old 

I  enclose  check  for  $3.00,  and 
will  surely  be  there. 

My  son  George,  who  was  here 
yesterday,  sends  his  kindest  regards  to 



Weston  Electrical 
Instrument  Co. 






Jan  SOtii,  1912 

kr  V.'ra.  H.  Iteadowcroft , 
Orange,  H.J. 

:•:>*  near  i.ieadowcroft-. 

HAIL;  ALL  KAIL;  KAIL  AGAIN .  7/011  it  does  me 

good,  to  even  see  your  name  in  print.  Kail  once  more.  I  received  a  circu¬ 
lar  letter  yesterday,  dated  Jan  27th.  Bobby  Locier,  Chairman,  which  par¬ 
tially  informs  me  of  some  doings  at  I.Ir  lidisons  house  on  the  evening  of 
Feb  I Oth.  in  it,it  refers  to  a  letter  of  Jan  8th,  which  I  never  received, 
will  you  kindly  send  me  a  copy  of  it,  so  that  I  may  be  fully  informed  as 
to  just  what  the  trouble  is.  That  list  of  old.  timers  was  certainly  re¬ 
freshing;  many  of  them  I  had  forgotten,  under  my  caption,  that  sounds  well 
dont  it,  make  it  ,  Geo.  H.  Moseman,  #176  Federal  st,  Boston,  Mass. 

I  also  see  that  you  havent  Charlie  Klein's  address;  he  is  with  the  cutler- 
Hemmer  Co,  in  Kilwaukie;  Charlie  Shain  is  in  the  Automobile  supply  bus¬ 
iness  with  his  son,  on  either  Vesey  St  or  Murray  St,  Hew  York.  I  shall 
be  much  pleased  to  hear  farther  from  you  with  reference  to  this  matter. 

Yours  v/ithout  a  struggle 

I  have  been  in  this  to--n, 
right  here  in  this  off joe 
ten  years. 

January  31,  1912. 

William  H.  Meadoworoft,  Esq., 

Care  Edison's  laboratory. 

Orange,  N.J. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  have  a  cable  from  Mr.  Insull  this 
morning,  stating  he  is  sailing  today  on  the  Kronprinz 
Wilhelm  from  Southhampton  and  he  also  instructs  me  to 
advise  the  proper  parties  of  his  acceptance  in  the  Edison 
celebration  matter,  so  I  thought  1  had  better  advise  you. 
Of  course  when  the  formal  invitations  are  issued  a:. formal 
acceptance  can  be  sent,  but  I  thought  I  had  better  advise 
you  now  that  Mr.  Insull  will  be  on  hand  on  February  10th. 

Yours  truly 

Jan.  3l/l2 

Mr.  George  H.  Hoseman, 

176  Vederal  St., 

Boston,  Mass. 

My  Dear  IJoseman:-  . 

Hail  1  Stormi  Snowl  and  Bain! .  You  see  the 
fellow  that  writes  last  has  a  better  chance.  You  only  mention 
Hail,  but  we  are  having  all  sorts  here,  including  rain  and  sleet/ 

However,  it  does  me  good  to  see  your  old  signature 
and  have  a  few  words  from  you  'again.  I  have  been  talking  quite 
a  good  deal  e.bout  you  during  the  last  week.  You.  ought  to  have 
been  blushing  a  rosyred  a  good  many  tiiies  last  week,  for  1 
gave  you  absent  treatment  for  it. 

Wow  about  the  doings  at  Hr.  Edison's  house  on 
the  Evening  of  February  10th,  it  is  a  gathering  of  the"old 
timers"  to  celebrate  Mr.  Edison's  birthday,  and  you  will  re¬ 
ceive  a  formal  invitation  for  the  Reception,  and  I  hope  that 
you  nro  going  to  come  ovor  and  meet  the  old  boys,  for  I  know 
you  will  have  a  good  time,  and  so  will  they.  In  connection  with 
this  there  is  going  to  be  presented  n  set  of  resolutions,  and 
we  also  want  a  cabinet  photograph  and  the  autograph  of  each  one 
of  us.  Then  the  committee  also  asks  a  contribution  of  §3.00 
to  meet  the  expenses  of  putting  these  photoB  in  an  album  and 

Jan.  31/1? 

engrossing  the  resolutions.  Are  you  on?  If  so,  send  me  your 
cheok  and  the  photo  and  autograph. 

Anticipating  the  pleasure  of  seeing  you  soon. 

I  remain 

Yours  ns  ever. 



Foil.  lBt,  191 

Hr.  Arthur  S.  Knight, 

Bears  Bldg., 

Boston1;  Mass. 

My  Bear  Tlr.  Knight :- 

Your  J'avor  of  the  ?.9th  tilt.,  with  chock  for  53.00, 
came  duly  to  hand,  and  you  have  Been  credited  with  the  amount. 

1  have  no  copy  of  tho  Committee 'a  lottor  of  January 
8th,  hut  cun  explain  to  you  in  a  few  words. 

It  is  proposed  to  get  the  ''old  hoys"  together  on 
February  10th  as  a  sort  of  hlrthd5>y  oelehratlon  for  Mr.  Edison. 
You  will  receive  formal  invitation  within  a  few  days.  Idrs. 
Edison  has  joined  with  the  Committee,  ;-nd  we  hope  it  is  going 
to  he  a  great  success,  and  it,  no  doubt,  will  he  when  the  "hoys” 
get  together.  It  is  proposed  to  present  an  engrossed  Bet  of 
resolutions,  also  a  cabinet  photograph  of  each  of  the  "hoys", 
with  autograph  written  on  separate  piece  of  paper.  These  will 
ho  placed  in  an  album  and  given  to  Mr.  Edison  later.  The  Com¬ 
mittee  has  asked  for  a  contribution  of  -53.00  to  cover  the  ex¬ 
penses,  and  this  is  what  your  check  is  tohe  applied  for. 

Will  you  kindly  send  your  oabinot  photograph  and 
autograph  to  Robert  T.  Lozier,  c/o  Kountz  Bros.,  141  Broadway, 
New  York  City,  at  your  earliest  convenience. 

A.  S.  X. 


i'Web.  1,  1912 

With  kindest  regards,  and  hoping  to  see  you  on  the 
10+ h  instant ,  X  renain 

Yours  very  +mly. 



Feb.  1st, 


Ur.  Fred  K.  Kimball , 

P.0.  Box  5345, 

Boston,  Kaon . 

My  Bear  Ur,  Kimball :- 

I  am  In  receipt  of  your  esteemed  favor  of  yester¬ 
day's  date,  and  in  reply  would  say  that  I  have  no  copy  of  the 
Committee's  letter  of  January  8th,  hut  can  tell  you  about  the 
affair  in  a  few  words. 

It  is  proposed  to  have  the  "old  hoys”  come  to¬ 
gether  at  Mr.  Bdi Ron's  house  on  February  10th  to  celebrate 
his  birthday  by  a  re-uniOn.  Mrs.  Edison  has  joined  the  Com¬ 
mittee  in  this,  and  you  will  receive  a  formal  Invitation  within 
the  next  few  days,  if  it  has  not  already  reached  you.  The 
Committee  has  planned  to  have  a  set  of  resolutions  engrossed, 
and  also  to  obtain  cabinet  portraits  of  all  those  invited, 
with  autograph  on  separate  pioco  of  paper.  These  will  be 
put  in  an  album  and  handed  to  Mr.  Edison  later. 

It  was  decided  to  make  an  assessment  for  the 
purpose  of  covering  the  expense,  ana  yon  will  find  the  amount 
of  your  assessment  in  the  Committee's  letter  of  January  27th 
which  you  have.  If  this  is  agreeable  you  can  send  your 
check  to  my  order  as  Treasurer. 

Fob.  1st,  1912 

I  si  ncerely  hope  that  you  fire  going  to  he  with 
118  r'  we<*  fron  Saturday,  as  It  will  certainly  ho  a  memorable 

171th  kindest  .regards,  I  remain 
Yours  very  truly. 




ROOM  1923, 





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Ifev  York  City. 

Bear  !5ir:- 

I  an  in  receipt  of  a  letter  <*rorc  Kr.  J.  '7.  Porter 
of  Davenport,  Iowa,  in  which  he  hWbb  that  he  has  written 
to  you,  asking  you  to  aond  a  copy  of  his  photograph  to  Kr. 
Robert  *.  hosier.  64  Cedar  Eth,  Hew  York  Kr.  hosier  watt  burned 
out  in  the  Equitable  fire,  and  his  address  is  now  care  of 
founts  Bros.,  141  Broadway,  hew  York.  Please,  therefore, 
kindly  send  tho  photograph  to  address.  If  it  ban  al¬ 
ready  gone,  kindly  notify  the  Post  Office  to  deliver  it 
at  that  address,  and  oblige 

Yours  very  ‘  ruly. 


Robert  T.  Lozic] 



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1 4. 


,  N.  J. 

Dear  Friend: 

Replying  to  Kr .  ^IiOzier ' a  letter  of  the  £7th  ult., 

I  herewith  enclose  §£.00  towards -the  "mount  required.  I  hp.d 
already  sent  Kr .  Lozier  two  photographs,  from  which  he  could 
choose:  the  half  length  In  fedora  hat  is  probably  the  best. 

I  think  I  sent  one  of  these  to  Edison  when  they  were  taken. 

It  may  surprise -some  of  the  Old  Guerd  to  be  in¬ 
formed  that  I  am  probably  the  oldest  Edison  man,  in  that  we 
both  attended  Engle's  Academy  in  Fort  Huron  in  1055,  this  was 
over  a  quarter  of  a  century  before  the  days  of  65-5th  Ave. 


Please  tell  V.r .  Edison  I  hrve  en  extra  illustrated  ’J 

7k..  *>,  t;< 

copy  of  the  Roster  of  the  9th  Michigan  Infantery,  which  had  its  x^’"' 
Semi-Oentenial  Reunion  in  September  last.  There  are  many  picture^; 
of  the  Duffields  and  other  Kichigan  men  in  this  Roster,  whom  Edisotf  h;, 
prpbably  knew;  tell  him  that  if  he  wants  this  extra  copy  I  will  ^ 
send  it  to  him. 

'71  th  kind  regards  to  all  old  friends, 

Yours  truly,  * 




ige,  N.J. 

I  received  your  lett< 
;et  it.  I  certainly  would  like  to  bo 
'  I  possibly  can.  I  enclose  my  choc; 
!.  check  me  off.  the  photo,  is  in  p] 
i  picture  of  myself  taker,  in  throe  t; 
;ook  all  rick  as  far  as  his  machine  >, 
L  the  chrome  to  you  just  as  soon  as  ; 

hosiers  letter  s' 
all  0.?:.  is  this  really  so  ?.  tell 


pel).  3rd, 


hr.  George  *1.  Koseman, 

176  Pederal  St., 

1508 ton,  Kass. 

iiy  Dear  Koseman 

Yor.r  favor  of  the  End  1  r.Ftant ,  with  check  for 
$3*00,  has  been  received,  and  I  have  cheeked  you  off  as  having 
paid.  I  hope  nothing  ha a  happened  with  the  photographer 's 
machine.  If  yon  warned  him  he  would  probably  put  on  the  shook 
absorber . 

Of  course,  a  business  suit  would  be  alright,  but 
I  think  yon  will  find  that  nearly  the  whole  bunch  will  wear 
dinner  coats.  If  you  are  not  acquainted  with  the  lingo,  this 
means  a  tuxedo  ooat.  Don't  let  that  keep  you  away,  however* 

If  it  is  not  convenient  to  wear  a  dinner  ooat,  come  in  your 
business  suit  by  all  means.  It  is  Koseman  we  want,  not  the 
clothes.  Still,  yon  had  better  come  covered,  or  else  you 
will  be  arrested. 

Yours  very  truly. 


fRTlAS  UP.hl?  J’OR  C  0KIJIT2ES 


c^J&tt:  <hs^i— — '&o<s\s c^g->  ■'■ 

C-  ^  ~  -=T 

.  ^//O  ■Z'Z-'Z-^  '-^ 

<^OtJlJL-  .  ^C+X^GLjQ 


y/rn.  H.  Keadowcroft , 
c/o  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  S«  J. 

j;y  dear  nr.  Ueadowcrof t : 

Replying  to  your  circular  of  January 
27th,  I  enclose  additional  check  for  $7.00, 
which  with  the  $6.00  check  already  sent  to 
Kr.  hosier  at  the  time  my  photograph  was 
mailed,  makes  the  $13.00  required. 

As  per  telephone  message  of  even  date 
I  shall  be  glad  to  be  present  at  the 
Dinner,  ,nd  »  «»««.  “  *** 

Y/eet  23r1  7:20  P.  LI. 

Enrol'*,  y  Street,  7.30  F.  I.I. 

ChriFtonher  Str?“t,  7.30  P .  M. 

Will  you  pleae»  inform  me  wHeth»r  it.  will  t>e 

-Srr-FP  %t  t'1?.-*  Dinner  uni  w’mt  truinr  I  will  <fi#»  to  tukp 


for  the  Dinnnr? 

nking  you  in  v)innn» ,  1  mi, 



New  York  Office 
Hudson  Terminal  Buildings 
30  Church  Street 

February  6,  19X2. 

Hr.  William  H.  Eeodowcroft ,  Treasurer, 
e/o  Ur.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  Jlew  Jersey. 

Boar  Sir: 

I  beg  to  enclose  you  herewith  my  check  for  three 
(.;;:3.00)  dollars  which  i3  the  contribution  towards  the 
presentation  to  be  made  to  Hr.  Edison  on  the  sixty-fifth 
anniversary  of  his  3irthday  and  I  shall  be  more  than  pleased 

to  attend  the  reception  which  will  be  given  by  Era.  Edison. 

1  note,  however,  that  my  name  was  not  spelled 
correctly.  Will  you  kindly  make  the  necessary  chango? 

Yours  very  truly, 





Tate  Accumulator  Company 

of  Canada,  Limited 

Corn  Srniiifi'.. 

Montread,  Que., 

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Pel).  8th, 

Mr.  I.  C.  Walker , 

531  Chestnut  St., 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 

Pear  Kr .  Walter 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  the  6th  instant,  I  beg 
to  say  that  the  Pinner  will  he  a  "stag"  affair  and  you  can 
wear  a  tuxedo. 

In  regard  to  the  tine  of  trains,  v/ill  you  please 
take  train  on  the  Lackawanna  leaving 

West  23rd  St.  —  4/50  P.  M. 

Barclay  St.  —  5.00  P.  11. 

Christopher  St.  -  5.00  P.  K. 

{Also  see  Hudson  Pubes ) 

The  train  leaves  Hoboken  5.15  and  arrives  in  Orange  5.50.  Con¬ 
veyances  will  he  at  the  Orange  Station  to  meet  the  guests. 

The  Pinner  is  at  6.30. 

Hoping  to  have  the  pleasure  of  seeing  you  on 
Saturday  Evening,  I  remain 

fours  very  truly, 



Feb.  0th,  1918 

Dear  Mrs.  Kdison:- 

»fter  our  teWnone  conversation  this  nomine  I  had 
Arc  er  our  Vr  rr.ror  ’ s  absence,  and 

^sirfess  «st 

Reception  might  be  sent 

o/o  Whomas  A.  Bdison,  Inc.,  Orange, 

B.  H.  Phillips 
'  H.  V.  learning 
/  u.  b.  Hudson 
/  (j.  b.  Youmans 

/  J.  1.  Rogers 

✓  W.  1.  Bckert  —  "  "  "  __  n  „ 

K  J.  W.  Farrell 
1/  W.  Maxwell 

✓  D.  M.  Bliss  “  "  "  "  „  v  tS 

/  F.  A.  Burnham,  Jr.  "  „  _ 

✓  Walter  B.  Holland  -  -  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co..  Orange.  H.J. 

*  H.  0.  Plimpton  “  28*6  Decatur  Ave..  Bedford  Park,  Hew  York. 

^  ^  ^.BBume  you  will  send  these  invitations  diradt. 

Very  truly  youra . 


Mr .  W.  H .Meadowcrof t , Treasurer , 
c/o  Thomas  A. Edison.,  Esq., 


Dear  Mr. Meadowcrof t: 

Please  find  enclosed  03.00, 
which  I  understand  is  my  share  towards 
the  presentation.  If  this  is  not 
correct  kindly  inform  me. 

Until  Saturday  evening,  with 
kind  regards. 

Yours  sincerely. 

February  0,  IP  If!. 

I.:r.  William  H.  Moadowcroft,  Treasurer, 
c/o  ;.'r .  Thomas  A.  ad i son. 

Orange ,  .  J  . 

y  dear  I.'.r.  iieadowcrof  t: 

Enclosed  please  find  check  for  "o.OO  towards  the 
presentations,  as  requested  iri  circular  letter  issued  under 
date  of  January  2?th. 

Some  kind  friend  evidently  called  to  the  attention 
of  the  Committee,  within  a  day  or  two,  the  fact  that  X  was 
formerly  connected  with  the  Company  at  65  Fifth  avenue,  and 
the  invitation  to  attend  the  reception  was  received  by  me 
only  Wednesday  last. 

A  circular  letter  addressed  to  another  Edison 
wan  was  handed  me  today.  Is  it  too  late  to  sand  a  photo¬ 
graph?  ■ 

Looking  forward  to  the  pleasure  of  seeing  you 
with  many  other  old  acquaintances,  I  remain, 

Yours  very  truly, 

0  €> 


Pel).  9thip  1912 

Mr.  17.  H.  Prancis,  . 

c/o  Mison  Bleetrde  Illuminating  Co., 

Boston,  Hass. 

My  Dear  Kfc.  Pranois:- 

X  received  your  esteeirul  favor  of  the  8th  instant, 
and  regret  to  learn  that  there  is  a  possibility  of  your  not 
being  present  at  the  deception  to-iaorrow  night,  but  I  hope  that 
you  are  going  to  make  on  extra  effort  anti  be  one  of  us  on  this 
memorable  occasion.  Such  a  gathering  of  the  "old  timers"  is 
not  liable  to  occur  very' coon  again,  and  you  ought  to  bo  there 
by  all  means. 

How  as  to  your  other  inquiries,  lot  me  say  that, 
personally,  I  have  hna  nothing  to  do  with  the  arrangements 
or  the  loving  cup.  The  Committee  has  had  in  charge  all  that, 
and  I  am  going  to  take  the  liberty  of  sending  your  letter  to 
our  friend  Dozier  and  ask  him  to  write  yon  on  the  matter.  He 
knows  all  about  it,  as  he  is  Chairman  of  the  Committee. 

I  am  simply  noting  as  Treasurer,  and  X  have  had  to  sandwich 
all  this  work  in  with  my  regular  work  for  Mr,  Hdison.  Xt  has 
been  somewhat  difficult. 

Again  let  mo  say.  as  one  of  the  old  "patriarchs" 
you  ought  to  he  one  of  the  "bunch"  to-morrow  nieht,  and  I  hope 

Poll.  9th,  191R 

yon  will  "be. 

With  kindest  regards,  1  remain 

Yours ■ very  truly. 



Feb.  9th,  1912 

Mr.  Robt.  ?.  hosier, 

o/o  Kountz  Bros., 

141  Broadway, 

Hev/  York  City. 

"y  Dear  Lozier 

Of  all  the  jobs  7  have  ever  \inder  taken  on  the  side, 
this  lias  been  about  the  toughest.  Fortunately,  during  the 
present  week  Mr.  Rrtison  has  needed  me  seldom,  or  I  should  have 
had  to  give  up  with  one  thing  or  the  other,  telephone  calls 
have  been  coming  in  incessantly  and  all  sorts  of  questions  and 
difficulties  have  come  up.  Hov/ever,  it  is  nearly  over  now,  and 
while  I  am  glad  to  have  had  a  hand  in  the  work,  I  am  also  glad 
that  it  is  nearing  the  close. 

X  am  returning  to  you  some  of  the  checks  and  letters. 
Some  are  for  $6.00,  where  I  think  they  should  only  be  $3.00, 
and  some  are  for  remittances  for  $1.00  where  they  should  be 
$3.00.  X  have  no  correct  list  and  do  not  know  the  correct  con¬ 
tributions  for  each  of  the  parties.  I  will  mail  you  a  list 
of  the  contributions  I  have  received,  and  you  oan  then  check 
up  with  your  corrected  list.  X  do  not  know  what  names  are  on 
the  loying  cup.  I  presume  that  the  $13.00  men  are  those  Whose 
names  are  to  be  inscribed  thereon.  You  will  see  from  the  en¬ 
closed  list  that  some  of  the  men  have  remitted  by  two  separate 

R.T.l.  (2)  pel).  9th,  1912- 

checks.  Some  of  them  were  to  your  order,  and  I  just  en¬ 
dorsed  your  name  on  them  and  my  ovm,  and  deposited  them  In  my 
hank  account. 

I  enclose  letter  from  W.  H.  Francis.  You  will 
see  he  is  quite  anxious  to  know  whether  his  $3.00  contribution 
is  sufficient.  1  cannot  answer  the  question,  as  I  do  not  know 
whether  his  name  is  on  the  loving  cup.  Will  you  please  reply 
to  him. 

I  also  dnelose  letter  from  Geo.  G.  Grower.  You 
will  see  that  he  wants  to  he  sure  and  have  his  formal  invitation, 
so  will  you  kindly  see  that  it  is  sent  to  him,  I  suppose  he 
wants  to  preserve  it. 

I  have,  also  received  from  W.  H.  Andrews,  Schenectady, 
Hi  Y. ,  a  telegram  reading  as  follows: 

"Has  5.  C.  '.Thitestone  heen  invited  to  Reception? 

He  is  an  3aison  man.  A  telegram  to  him  here  would  reach  him." 

1  have  replied  to  Hr.  Andrews,  stating, that  it  is 
not  in  my  province  to  extend  the  invitation  and  referred  his 
telegram  to  the  Committee. 

Hoping  to  see  you  tofmorrow  night,  I  remain 
Yours  very  trtijf. 


orange  NJ 

Ileaae  extend  to  Mr  Edison  hearty  eongratulatione  and  good  wishes 

with  respectful  regards 

NiXola  Tesla 




Train  arrives  Orange 
Quests  arrive  Glenmont 
Dinner  served 
Total  guests  about  32 


Train  arrives  Orange 
Guests  arrive  Qlenmont 
Quests  leave  Qlenmont 
Guests  leave  Orange 
Total  expected,  about  60. 

Dinner  and  Reception  arrangements  under  direction  of  Krs.  Edison 
Conveyance^  entertainment  and  finanoes  under  direction  of 
Hr.  Headowcroft. 

Presentations  under  direction  of  Hr.  E.H.  Johnson,  who  will  aot 
in  all  matters  during  Mr.  Lozier's  absence. 

R.T.  Lozier's  address,  C/o  First  Hataonal  Bank,  Omaha,  Heb. ,  Return¬ 
ing  on  or  before  February  9th. 

5:50  P.H. 
6:10  P.M. 
6:30  P.M. 

8:14  P.M. 
8:30  P.H. 
10:45  P.H. 
11:15  P.H. 

C.  A.  3enton, 

110  West  34th  St., 

Hew  York  City 

Sigmund  Bergmann, 

Bergmann  Elect.  Werke , 

Berlin,  Germany. 

E.  J.  Berggren 

c/o  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange ,  II .  J . 

Chas.  0.  Bradley, 

41  Park  Row, 

Hew  York  City 

H.  13.  Bylleshy, 

H.  II.  3ylleshy  h  Co.. 

laSalle  St.,  Chicago,  Ill. 

Charles  1.  Clarke 

Gen'l  Eleo.  Co. , 

30  Church  St.,  II. Y.  City 

Richard  II.  Dyer, 

41  Ilassau  St., 

Hew  York  City. 

Mai.  S.  B.  Eaton, 

Eaton,  lewis  h  Rowe, 

30  Church  St,,  H.Y.  City 

Charles  1.  Edgar, Pres. 

Boston  Edison  Co., 

Boston,  Mass 

\Y.  J.  Hammer, 

153  West  46th  St., 

Hew  York  City. 

Frank  S'.’  Hastings, 

80  Broadway, 

How  York  City. 

A.  B.  Herrick, 

14  Church  St., 

Hew  York  City 

Wilson  S.  Howell, 

80th  St.  h  East  End  Ave., 

Hew  York  City. 

John  W.  Howell, 

Gen’l  Elec.  Co. , 

Harrison,  II. J. 

Samuel  Insull 

Edison  Bldg., 

Chicago,  Ill. 

Francis  Jehl 
Budapest , 


E.  H.  Johnson, 

Union  league  Club 
Hew  York  City 

John  W.  lieb,  Jr.,  Vice-Pres. 
Hew  York  Edison  Co., 

55  Duane  St.,  H.Y.Citj 

Robert  T.  lozier 

32  West  40th  St., 

Hew  York  City. 

T.  commerford  Martin, 

39  West  39th  St., 

Hew  York  City. 

W.  H.  Meadoworoft, 

c/o  T.  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  II. J. 

M.  F.  Moore, 


H.  J. 

George  F.  Morrison, 

Gen'l  Elec.  Co. , 

Harrison,  H.J. 

John  F.  Ott, 

c/o  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  H.J. 

J.  P.  Ord, 

State  St., 

Albany,  II.  Y. 

Sidney  B.  Paine, 

Gen'l  Elec.  Co., 

84  State  St., 

P.  B.  Shaw, 



Frank  J.  Sprague, 

165  Broadway, 

New  York  City 

F.  R.  Upton, 

Union  Bldg. , 

Hev/ark,  II.  J. 

X.  C.  Walker, 

c/o  Y/alker  k  Kepler, 
Philadelphia,  Pa. 

Peter  Weber, 

c/o  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  II. J. 

Charles  Wirt, 

Armat  &  Lena  Sts., 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 

A.  A.  Cowles, 

Ansonia  Brass  h  Copper  Co., 
Ansonia,  Conn. 

Mr .  Murray 
F.  1.  Dyer 
Harry  F.  Killer 
John  Killer 
Charles  Edison 
W.  S.  Andrev/s 

Dr.  Acheson 
Prof.  Marks 
Dr.  Kennelly 
Mr;  Mallory 
I.Ir .  McCall 
Mr.  Freeman 

Dr.  Schutler  S.  Wheeler,  Pres. 
Crocker-Y/heeler  Co . , 
Ampere,  II. J. 

Fred  Ott, 

c/o  ThomaB  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  II. J. 

Anthony  II.  Brady, 

55  Duane  Sy., 

Hew  York  City. 

Arthur  Williams 
Mr.  Pelzer 
Mr.  3owker 
Mr.  Coffin 
Mr.  Fodor 

Walter  Miller 

Mr.  Aylsworth 

ORDER  OF  EXERCISES.  FEB.  10,  1918 

"65"  ’ 

Reminiscences  of  the  "Field" 
"Hitching  our  Wagon  to  a  Star" 
Edison's  Account  with  Posterity 
Reading  of  Engrossed  Testimonial 
Presentation  of  loving  Cup 

R.  T.  Hosier 
Samuel  Insull 
H.  H.  Bylleshy 
Frank  J.  Sprague 
J.  P.  Ora 
T.  C.  Martin 
E.  II.  Johnson. 

28  NY  N  160Count  6  PNS 

Davenport  la  Fab  10—12  . 

ffra  H  Meadowcraft,  Then  A  Edison  Laboratory,  Orange  NJ 

It  will  be  impossible  for  me  to  attend  the  dinner  tonight  (  stop  ) 
please  express  to  Mrs  Edison  ray  sincere  regrets  (  Stop). 

Extend  to  Mr  Edison  my  hearty  congratulations  on  1 bis  safe  arrival 
at  the  sixty  five  mile  stone,  and  express  my  hope  that  he  may  with 
satisfaction  and  strength  pass  many  more  (  stop  )  . 

To  the  Eoys  of  Old  Sixty  Five  who  may  remember  me  say  that  only 
sickness  which  has  now  ended  in  death  of  a  relative,  Previ ent( 
attending  that  I  might  see  faces  and  renew 

days  (  Stop  )  I  have  witnessed  the  advance  in  the  electric  Art  since 
messrs  Edison,  Johnson  and  Vail  visited  appleton  Wisconsin  to  personally 
direct  the  wiring  of  a  paper  mill  which  wiring  was  necessarily £e,"f  the 
in  two  years  (  Stop  )  vrish  I  might  hear  you.  discuss  the  evolution  of  the 
lightning  arrester  three  wire  system,  fuses  railway  equipment  and  many 
others  (  Stop  )  .  Joyful  reunion  to  dll. 

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Hr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Dewellyn  Park, 

Or once,  Hew  Jersey. 

Dear  Hr.  Edison; - 

Thank  you  very  much  for  your  kind  invitation 
to  dinner  to  night,  v/hich  Hrs.  Edison  has  so  kindly 
sent  me. 

I  am  indeed  sorry  that  distance  prevents  me 
from  accepting  v/hat  would,  he  both  an  honor  and  a  pleas¬ 
ure.  It  has  been  many  years  since  I  first  had  the 
pleasure  of  meeting  you  at  Henlo  Park,  and'  I  surely 
wish  that  yon  will  have  many  happy  returns  of  tha.5 
anniversary  and  live  to  enjoy  all  of  the  honors  that 
yoix  have  earned  by  giving  us  so  many  secrets  out  of 
the  great  storehouse  of  nature,  and  in  so  doing,  have 
taken  nothing  from  any  man  but  added  only,  to  the  comfort 
and  luxury  of  the  whole  v/orld. 

Yours  has  been  a  singularly  fortunate  life 
and  I  hope  that  you  v/ill  live  long  to  enjoy  the  fruits 
of  it. 



Feb.  10,  1913. 

Mrs.  T.  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  H.  .1. 
Dear  Madam:- 

On  returning  from  New  York  this  morning,  I  find  tho  following 
telegram  awaiting  me : 

"Dr.  A.  E.  Kennolly ,  Harvard  Univorsity. 

Please  wire  Mrs,  Edison  immediately  whether 
you  will  attend  dinner  tomorrow  night . 

(3igned)  N.  H.  Meadowcroft ." 

1  am  telegraphing  you  as  follows: 

Meadowcroft 's  telegram  not  understood.  Sorry 
unable  attend  tonight .  Am  writing. 

A.  E.  Kennolly. 

Mr.  Moadowcrodt's  telegram  suggests  that  some  invitation  to  dinner 
has  been  3ent  to  mo ,  but  at  the  present  time  I  havo  received  no  such 
invitation.  I  do  not  even  know  of  any  dinner  either  in  New  York  or  in 
Orange.  Had  I  received  such  an  invitation,  I  should  havo  been  very  glad 
to  accept  as  I  was  in  New  York  yesterday  (Friday)  and  could  have  stayed 
over.  Porhaps  somo  letter  addressed  to  me  has  gone  aBtrny. 

With  every  kind  wish  to  Mr.  Edison  and  yourself,  believe  me,  dear 
Mrs.  Edison, 

Your3  very  sincerely. 

CL.  ?. 




s  tA^f  izr-v^-t.  -by 

Pel).  13th,  1912 

Mr.  P.  A.  Burnham,  Jr., 

Bates  Mfg.  Co., 

50  Church  St., 

Haw  York  City. 

Dear  Mr.  Burnham:- 

Your  favor  of  the  11th  Instant  is  received ,  and 
in  reply  I  would  say  that  Mrs.  Kdison  had  only  about  fifty  of 
the  bronze  tablets  node..  These  were  intended  for  the  Dinner 
Guests,  of  whom  there  were  about  45.  Consequently  there  were 
a  few  left  over,  which  sane  of  the  boys  were  fortunate  enough 
to  secure.  I  have  suggested  to  her  the  desire  of  the  others 
to  have  then,  and  I  believe  she  is  considering  the  question 
whether  or  not  to  have  some  more  made.  If  it  is  possible  I 
will  try  to  secure  one  for  you  later. 

Yours  very  truly. 





13,  1912. 

Nr.  Hendowcroft , 

c/o  Edison  Laboratory, 
Orange,  a,  .J. 

I.'y  dear  Headoworoft:- 

It  certainly  wan  a  great 
pleasure  to  me  to  have  been  present  nt  the 
birthday  dinner  of  Mr.  Edison  and  meat  bo  many 
of  1-ho  "old  boys",  notwithstanding  the  grizzled 
aondition  of  the  dome  of  so  many  of  them.  I 
congratulate  you  personally  upon  the  retention 
Of  your  youthful  appearance,  I  was  impressed 
that  you  hod  withstood  the  stress  of  time  better 
than  any  other' one  of  the  bunch. 

The  special  purpose  of  this 
dictation  in  to  call  your  attention  to  the  fact 
that  1  am  anxious  to  have  a  copy  of  the  flash 
light  picture' that  wa3  taken  at  the  dinner,  if 
there  is  any  expense  connected  with  this  please 
odvise  me  and  I  w*ll  be  only  too  glad  to  remit- 
In  this  connection  I  wish  to  say  further  that 
both  my  daughters  are  very  anxious  to  have  one 
of  the  pictures  such  as  were  psod  for  the  dinner 
cards  with  Ur.  Edison's  auto.groph  attached.  I 
feel  sure  that  lir.  Edison  will  be  glad  to  execute 
the  same  if  you  will  call  his  attention  to  it  and 
see  that  they  arq  forwarded  to  me. 

It  is  my  hope  nt  an  early  date  tp^, 
go  over  to  the  laboratory  and  spend  a  day  with  Mr. 
Edison  and  yoursqlf. 

Very  truly  yours, 


HOT  YORK,  February  13,  1013. 

7f.  H.  Meadoworoft ,  Esq., 

Edison  Laboratory 
Orange,  N.  >T. 

Dear  Mr.  Meadoworoft 

In  ray  anxiety  to  get  as  many  appropriate  signatures  ae  I  oould 
to  the  engrossed  teetlraonial  on  Saturdqr  night ,  I  oame  away  in  a  hurry  having 
to  tale  Arthur  Lilians7 StoEcteBESr.  In  this  hurry  I  left  behind  me 
in  the  large  bedroom  upstairs  my  package  of  papers,  inoluding  menu  and  por¬ 
trait  and  a  red  snake-wood  walking  stiok  with  a  silver  band,  which  I  had 
placed  on  ore  of  the  bureaus.  I  on  moot  anxious  to  eeoure  all  thio  material 
and  wrote  to  Mr.  Miller  about  it  on  Sunday.  If  it  is  not  too  late  I  would 
very  much  like  to  have  the  portrait  signed  when  it  comes  back  as  I  am  think¬ 
ing  of  framing  up  ths  documents.  I  think  the  whole  affair  went  off  most 
brilliantly  ahd  acceptably  and  must  congratulate  you  as  I  know  you  had  a  large 
share  in  the  work. 

Yours  truly, 

Hail  to  our  hale  ana  light  hearted  ohief  of  sixty  fivo  winter 3  . 
Sorry  not  to  have  been  with  oia  associates  to  honor  yon  last  evening 
mrs  Bowker  aaas  wish  that  the  light  yon  have  shea  on  others  pathways 

may  for  many  years  shine  on  yonr  own  best  wishes  . 
Mrs  Eaison 

R  R  Bowker. 

143  pm 

Feh.  15th.  1912 

Mr.  B.  3.  Shaw, 

Killian  sport.  Pa. 

My  Dear  Mr.  Shaw:- 

Yonr  favor  of  the  IFith  instant  was  received,  and  I 
an  glad  to  learn  that  yon  enjoyed  tho  birthday  celebration  so  great¬ 
ly.  It  certainly  -.van  a  memorable  occasion  and  most  enjoyable,  es¬ 
pecially  the  meeting  of  old  and  esteemed  friends  like  yourself. 

You  are  certainly  complimentary  in  regard  to  myself,  and  I  want  to 
say  that  the  only  change  apparent  in  you  is  a  littlo  additional 
weight, and  your  mustache,  IJ.’-e  mine,  he;.:  silvered  somewhat ,  but 
that  is  more  noticeable  in  you,  for  yours  was  so  dark  as  I  remember 
it  in  the  old  days.  X  was  gled  to  see  you  looking  so  hearty 
and  rugged. 

As  to  the  flashlight  picture,  it  came  out  well,  and 
I  have  ordered  one  for  you.  The  cost  will  he  §1.50,  and  I  will 
ask  the  photographer  to  send  you  his  hill,  .so  you  can  remit  direct. 

I  am  Sony  to  say  that  there  wwero  none  of  those 
photos  of  Mr.  Edison's  left,  hut  Mrs.  Edison  is  considering  a 
duplication.  If  it  is  consummated  I  will  get  one  autographed  for  you. 

Hoping  to  have  tho  pleasure  of  seeing  you  over  here  distant  date,  I  remain 

Yours  very  truly,  , 


Fob.  16th,  1912 

Dear  lira.  Baisan:- 

Km  following  is  a  list  of  our  people  bore  at  the 
Works  who  were  invited  to  the  Reception,  hut  who  did  not  re¬ 
ceive  any  souvenirs  last  Saturday  Wight.  they  are  all  vory 
desirous  of  having  the  Paperweight,  Photograph  of  T’r.  Faison,  ■ 

ana  the  Brown  Folder,. if  possible: 
Carl  H.  Wilson 
F.  X.  Dolhoer 
C.  K.  Goodwin 
Walter  Stevens 
1.  c.  HcChesney 
Hole on  C.  Durand 
E.  II.  Phillips 
H.  T.  lee-ming 
E.  B.  Hudson 

I  would  suggest 

G.  E.  Yonranns 
,t.  5.  Hogors 

H.  1.  IOohort 
J.  17.  Farrell 
W.  Maxwell 

D.  ii.  Bliss 
F.  A.  BurnluU'i,  dr. 
Waltor  F..  Holland 
H.  G.  Plimpton 

that  if  yon  decide  to  have  a  new 

supply  of  the  Paperweight.  Photograph,  and  Folder  made,  that 

a  set  be  sent  to 

Major  Eaton 

Hr.  Wnrth  (Senior) 


The  following  persona  v/oulfl  lifce  to  have  the  items 
mentioned  after  their  names: 

i£r.  Geo.  P.  Korrison  —  Paperweight 
Hr.  Hart in  —  Photo-  Eenn  -  Paperweight 
Hr.  Hoore  —  Folcier  anti  photo 
Hr.  Jamison  —  Pol  tier  and  Photo. 

Yours  very  truly. 


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Dear  Hr.  Keadowcrofti - 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  February 

14tlu,  I  beg  to  say  that  I  am  leaving  for  Hew  York  tomorrow 
night,  and  will  take  my"bone8"with  me  and  call  at  your  record¬ 
ing  roomn  so  they  can  make  the  record  for  Mr.  Edison. 


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February  24th,  1912, 

Mr.  W.  H.  Meadowcroft, 

c/o  Thos.  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

My  dear  Mr.  Meadowcroft: 

I  had  a  talk  with  Mr.  Furman  in  regard  to  your  son. 

He  told  me  that  bond  salesmen  in  the  embryo  received  about  $15. 
or  $18.  a  week,  and  that  when  they  became  experienced  they  re¬ 
ceived  from  $40.  to  $60.  a  week,  and  that  it  generally  took  from 
one  to  two  yearB,  depending  on  the  man,  to  reach  this  development. 
If  these  figures  are  of  interest  to  you,  I  will  at  once  take  up 
with  him  the  matter  of  your  son,  to  see  if  it  is  possible  to 
obtain  an  opening  for  him. 

On  Mondqy  will  be  sent  out  letters  to  the  delinquents. 
Concerning  the  Andrews  matter,  the  Committee  would  be 
quite  willing  to  have  his  name  put  on  the  cup,  but  not  in  the 
middle,  as  suggested  by  Mr.  Clarke.  What  we  could  probably  do, 
if  space  permits,  would  be  to  put  his  name  at  the  head  of  the 
left-hand  column  and  add  the  name  of  Charles  6.  Y.  King  to  the 
top  of  the  right-hand  column.  Will  you  see  if  this  is  practicable 
and  also  ask  Mr.  Edison  if  he  is  agreeable. 

I  am  going  to  Boston  to-night  and  will  return  on  Tues¬ 
day  ,  and  will  be  glad  to  hear  from  you. 

well.  26th, 1912 

Mr.  Robert  ?.  Lozier, 

c/o  Konntse  Bros., 

141  Broadway, 

New  ?otY.  City. 

My  Dear  Mr.  Lozier:- 

I  an  in  receipt  of  your  estoemed  favor  of  the 
24th  instant,  and  want  to  thank  you  very  nnch  for  your  kind¬ 
ness  in  speaking  to  Hr.  Furman  on  the  Bond  Salesman  matter. 

I  will  talk  this  over  with  ny  son  and  let  you  I'non  Inter  shout 

In  regard  to  the  names  on  the  oup,  I  suppose  you 
will  also  send  letters  to  Bergronnn  and  jehl.  I  aa  sure  that 
they  will  only  he  too  glad  to  send  on  their  contributions. 

'.Then  you  write  to  Mr.  Upton  you  .had  hotter  address  him  Union 
Bldg.,  Newark,  H.J.,  bb  he  has  been  in  California  and  I  think 
is  on  his  way  hack.  The  Newark  address  will  reach  hir>,  as  it 
is  his  Office. 

As  to  I-irl  Andrews,  he  wrote  a  letter  to  Mr.  Edison 
and  also  to  ne.  On  talking  the  natter  over  with  to.  Edison, 
he  was  quite  willing  to  have  Andrews*  name  put  on  the  clip  at 
his  own  erqionse  if  need  he. 

Since  that  tine  I  have  heard  that  Dr.  Eennelly  is 
also  very  desirous  of  having  his  name  on  the  cup.  Thi.3,vfith 

i**5*1"  (2)  '  Feb.  J35/1S 

Mr.  Charles  J.  Y.  King,  would  make  three.  If  these  are  put  on  I 
think-  we  should  close  the  natter  right  there,  if  the  rest  of  the 
Coramitteo  are  agreeable  to  having  these  three  names  put  on. 

I  want  to  hear  from  you  first  as  to  Dr.  Kennelly, 
ns  i  understand  the  Committee  is  willing  to  ha-e  Andrews’  and  King’s 
name  on.  You  will  remember  that  Dr.  Kennelly  was  very  close  to  I-ir. 
Edison  for  many  years,  and  while  he  does  not  date  back  to  65  Fifth 
Ave.,  ho  oomes  in  very  close  t0  that  time. 

X  am  sending  you  a  copy  of  the  photograph  of  the 
eup  to-day.  It  does  not  seer,  ns  though  there  would  be  room  to  put- 
one  more  name  on  the  top  of  each  column,  but  thorn  neons  to  be  plenty 
of  room  to  put  three  names  down  at  the  end  after  Arthur  ’.til"' isms '  name 
they  could  be  strung  along  singly  like  Wirtn ’.  and  Williams'  names. 

What  do  you  think  of  it? 

Before  speaking  to  Hr.  Edison  about  King  I  would 
like  to  know  what  yon  say  about  Dr.  Kennelly,  so  that  I  can  make 
one  Job  of  it.  Yon  had  better  let  mo  know  an  soon  as  you  can, 
because  Hr.  Edison  will  be  going  to  Florida  in  a  few  days. 

Yours  very  truly. 


Feb.  86th,  1918 

I  Jr.  W.  S.  Andrews, 

c/o  General  Electric  no., 

Schenectady,  II,  Y. 

Ky  Bear  Kr.  Andrews 

Your  esteemed  favor  of  the  22nd  instant  was  re¬ 
ceived,  and  1  must  ask  yon  to  kindly  excuse  the  delay  in 
answering  same,  as  I  have  been  extremely  huay.  I  felt  ex¬ 
ceedingly  sorry  that  tiro  did  not  nerrait  me  to  have  a  little 
further  talk  with  yon  when  wo  met  at  Ur.  Yd i son ' s  house  on  the 
10th  instant.  You  could  sec  for  yourself  that  I  was  kept  fairly 
well  on  the  jump.  It  was  unfortunate  that  rn  error  crept  in 
in  regard  to  the  invitations  and  that  you  were  not  present  at 
the  Dinnor.  You  may  rest  assured  of  one  tiling,  and  that  is 
that  neither  Ur.  nor  «rs.  Yd Ison  felt  that  you  had  boon  guilty 
of  any  indifforence  or  neglect,  That  is  very  certain,  so  pray 
dismiss  it  from  you r  mind. 

As  to  the  Moving  Cup,  X  think  we  shall  bo  nblo  to 
arrange  that  your  name  may  be  put  upon  it.  I  am  speaking  a 
little  prematurely,  but  please  treat  this  confidentially  until 
you  hear  further.  You  are  not  being  forgotten  I  can  assure  you. 

With  kindest  regards,  I  remain 

very  truly. 




HET:  YORE,  February  S8,  1013. 

Vi.  It.  Ueado-oroft,  Eon.. 
Kdioon  Laboratory 
Orargc,  it.  J. 

Dear  Hr.  lioodoworofts- 


March  4th,  1912 

Mr.  J.  P.  Ord, 

State  Street , 

Albany,  IT.  Y. 

My  dear  Mr.  Ord:- 

Xn  settling  the  accounts  of  the  Committee  which  had 
charge  of  the  Edison  Birthday  Receptioni  I  find  that  you  have  re¬ 
mitted  $5.00  in  accordance  with  our  circular  letter- describing 
the  Edison  Reception,  which  table  place  after  the  dinner. 

It  was  decided  by  your  Committee  to  purchase  for  Mr. 
Edison  a  loving  cup,  the  names  of  the  donors  to  be  engraved  on 
the  obverse  side,  and  your  name  was  included.  The  additional 
cost  by  reason  of  this  cup  is  §10.  per  person,  and  if  you  care 
to  subscribe:  will  you  kindly  remit  this  amount  to  Mr.  W.  H. 
Headowcroft,  Treas. ,  c/o  Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Orange,  K.  J. 

I  am  at  fault  in  not  advising  you  of  this  sooner,  but 
unfortunately  I  have  been  away  from  ITew  York  almost  continuously 
for  the  last  two  months. 

I  feel  that  we  all  had  a  most  enjoyable  evening  and  it 
was  fine  for  so  many  old  friends  to  get  together. 

With  beBt  wishes,  welieve  me, 


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Yours  faithfully. 



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Edison  Laboratory 
Orange,  li.  J. 

Dear  I!r.  llaudoworof  t  :*-■ 

I  havo  yours  of  Haroh  6th  and  am  glad  to  know  that  Hr.  Edison 
oonaents  to  the  addition  of  the  names  of  Andrews  and  King.  I  have  seen 
Lozier  at  the  Club  a  couple  of  tine  this  week  and  spoke  to  hin  about  the 
matter  and  am  glad  to  know  that  it  is  now  in  rood  shape. 

It  was  oortainly  a  moat  delightful  time  last  Saturday  night  and 
I  shall  read  the  number  of  Harpers  that  desoribes  it  with  great  interest. 
Tho  lines  of  Sunday  morning  had  an  oioellent  report  of  several  oolunns. 


Mr.  William  H.  Meadowcroft, 

Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange,  U.  J. 

My  dear  Mr.  Meadowcroft: 

I  have  Just  now  received  a  letter  from 
Mr.  R.  T.  Lozier  stating  that  arrangements  have  been 
made  to  have  my  name  engraved  on  the  Edison  Loving 
Cup  and  requesting  me  to  send  you  $10.00  as  my  con- 
tribution  towards  presentation, which  I  have  much 
pleasure  in  doing. 

1  feel  very  much  gratified  that  this  matter 
has  been  so  satisfactorily  concluded  and  wish  to 
thank  you  most  cordially  for  the  kind  efforts  you 



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c/o  Thomas  A.  Edison' 8  laboratories, 

Orange,  N.T.  -  U.S.A. 

My  dear  Mr.  Meadowcroft t- 

Many  thanks  for  your  letter  of  the 
23rd  ult. ,  enclosing-  newspaper  clippings  describing  the  Edison 
Birthday  Celebration. 

You  have  no  idea  how  disappointed  X  was  at  not  being 
able  to  be  present  on  this  auspicious  occasion  and  it  made  m.e 
quite  homesick  to  see  all  the  names  of  our  old  friends.  Erom 
all  accounts  it  must  have  been  a  very  great  success  indeed  and 
I  congratulate  all  concerned  for  the  efficient  manner  in  which 
this  surprise  party  was  sprung  on  Edison. 

I  hope  to  be  able  to  come  over  Borne  time  this  year  and 
see  all  the  boys  again. 

With  kindest  regards, 


liar,  11th,  191E 

Jar . 

•>?.  3.  Andrews, 

c/o  General  Electric  Co., 
Shhonectady,  H.Y. 

Hy  Dear  Hr.  Andrews 

X  duly  received  your  esteond  favor  of  the  8th  instant, 
enclosing  your  check  for  310.00,  which,  with  the  remittance  you 
made  before,  is  your  pro-rata  of  the  erqienses  in  connection  with 
the  loving  cup  and  testimonial  given  to  Mr.  3d! son  on  his  65th 
'  birthday.  Personally,  I  also  feel  very  much  gratified  that  the 
matter  has  been  concluded  in  a  manner  satisfactory  both  to  you 
and  to  all  of  ns.  I  have  sent  the  lovine  cup  to  Hew  York  to  have 
your  name  engraved  on  it,  so  that  you  will  be  handed  down  to  posterity 
with  the  rest  of  the  "boys". 

With  kind  regards,  I  remain 

Yours  very  truly. 

whh/ks  • 


Har&h  11th,  191^ 

J.  P.  Qrfl ,  Esq., 

459  State  St., 

Albany,  H.Y. 

Dear  Hr.  Ord:- 

I  an  in  receipt  of  your  cat  eerie  4  favor  of  the  9th  inat., 
enclosing  yonr  check  for  $10.00  to  cover  your  share  of  the  expenses 
of  loving  cup  etc.  for  Mr.  Edison’s  65th  birthday.  Please  accept 
thanks  therefor.  X  aw  glad  that  you  so  thoroughly  enjoyed  the 
reunion  of  the  real  "old  tiners".  It  was  certainly  a  most  memor¬ 
able  gathering,  and  I  think  that  everyone  enjoyed  it  greatly.  I 
know  that  it  afforded  Mr.  &  Mrs.  Edison  particular  pleasure.  He 
has  seemed  quite  happy  about  it. 

In  regard  to  the  photograph  of  Hr.  Edison  which  you 
left,  I  am  sorry  to  say  that  his  pictares  which  a  few  of  the  guests 
had  unfortunately  left  were  "gobbled"  by  other  people.  Several 
of  our  friends  were  in  the  same  predicament  as  yourself,  ana  I 
took  the  matter  up  with  Mrs.  Edison.  I  believe  she  is  having  some 
duplicates  made,  and  when  they  return  from  Florida  in  about  a  month, 
I  will  look  after  yours  and  get  Hr.  Edison  to  autograph  it. 

,  Yours  sincerely. 


Mar.  15th,  1912 

Edward  H.  Johnson,  Esq. , 

20  Broad  St., 

Hew  York  City. 

My  Bear  Hr.  Johnson:- 

I  received  your  favor  of  the  13th  Instant,  and 
in  ropl?  would  say  that  tho  original  photos  fron  which  the 
figures  were  made  on  the  hronze  souvenirs  were  supplied  hy 
Mrs.  Edison,  and  as  she  has  gone  away  to  Florida  with  Mr.  Edison, 

I  cannot  get  then.  I  have  been  hunting  around,  however,  and 
can  get  copies,  which  I  will  send  to  yon  early  next  week. 

I  vail  also  send  you  a  photo  of  "Old  65",  and  also 
one  of  your  Christmas  tree  in  the  early  days;  I  just  turned  it 
up  and  thought  you  night  li'e  to  have  it. 

The  stock  ticker  was  taken  fron  a  line  drawing, 
and  I  will  try  and  get  a  picture  of  that  for  you,  and  also  one 
of  the  battery. 

I  received  a  letter  from  Mr.  Lozier  asking  me  to 
send  to  Benpsey  &  Carroll  pictures  of  65  Fifth  Ave.,  Borgmann 
&  Co.,  Menlo  Bark  and  Llewellyn  Park;  also  a  cory  of  Mr.  Edison’s 
photograph.  Bo  these  relate  to  the  sane  thlngthat  yon  are  writing 
shout?  If  so,  I  would  say  that  X  have  no  picture  of  Bergmann  &  Co. 

Please  let  me  know. 


Yours  very  truly, 



f^JZ  '’ll. 

SlJt-  <*•*  j 


HE17  YORK,  March  18,  1913 


S^L orr/S/it^-^f/A 





Edward  H.  Johnson,  Esq., 

20  Broacl  St., 

Hen  York  City. 

My  Dear  Mr.  Johns on 

I  am  sending  the  photographs  yon  desire,  under 
separate  cover,  and  trust  they  will  he  satisfactory  for  the 
purpose.  I  am  sorry  that  I  cannot  supply  a  photograph  of 
Bergmann's,  hut  I  do  not  find  one  around  here. 

I  have  had  some  inquiries  as  to  whether  the 
group  picture  that  is  going  to  he  made  of  the  photos  of  the 
"Boys"  will  he  capable  of  reproduction  so  that  some  of  them 
could  get  a  copy  at  a  very  moderate  amount. 

Yours  very  truly. 




My  dear  Meadowfcroft:- 

I  t>eg  to  acknowledge  the  reception  of  your  favors 
hearing  dates  as  follows; .January  lPth  with  copy  of  Monnot's  letter, Feb¬ 
ruary  13th. from  Edison, February  15th. from  Edison,February  23rd. -with  news¬ 
papers  clippings  ect.  all  for  which  my  best  thanks.  X  beg  further  to 
acknowledge  that  I  have  also  received  the  photos. of  the  cup  and  that  of 
the  dinner  party, which  X  expect  to  publish  in  a  continental  weekly  and 
will  send  you  a  copy  when  it  appears. 

Enclosed  please  find,  my  cheque  towards  the  expenses  of  the 
cup  ect. and  will  ask  you  not  to  be  bashful  about  sending  me  and  de  Fodor 
each  one  of  the  plagues  I  have  read  about  that  the  invited  received  at 
the  dinner. 

Hoping  that  you  are  enjoying  good  health,  and  with  kind  regards 
and  compliments  to  all, I  remain. 

Yours  very  sincerely. 

Mar.  Beth,  191P. 

Edward  H.  Johnson,  Esq., 

20  Broad  St., 

Sew  York  City 

a y  Dear  Ht.  Johnson:- 

I  am  in  receipt  of  yonr  esteered  favor  of  yesterday 
end  am  glad  to  learn  that  it  if  your  idoo  that  naoh  nan  shown  in 
the  group  picture  shall  have  a  copy,  and  I  an  sure  everybody  will 
he  glad  to  learn  of  it. 

As  to  putting  C.  G.  Y.  King's  name  on  the  loving  cup, 

I  note  Kr.  Dozier’s  letter  ana  also  your  remarks.  I  hope  that  the 
name  has  hot  been  engraved  on  the  oup. 

I  Bent  the  oup  to  Black,  Starr  &  Ptost  and  told  them 
that  either  yon  ot  lir.  hosier  would  instruct  then  as  to  any  ad¬ 
ditional  names  engraved  thereon,  so  unless  hosier  or  yourself 
have  instructed  them  they  are  still  awaiting  directions.  If  so, 
the  matter  is  still  in  our  control,  and  the  only  name  to  be  en¬ 
graved  would  be"Y7.  S.  Andrews." 

I  don’t  know  :‘/hy  King  is  sore.  Anyway  we  certainly 
do  not  want  anyone  who  is  not  in  accord  with  the  spirit  of  the  thing. 
He  was  formerly  the  Chief  Engineer  of  the  old  Construction  Depart¬ 
ment  at  65  Pifth  Ave.,  and  I  believe  he  is  now  one  of  Hr.  Insoll’s 
ohief  engineers  in  Chicago.  His  name  is  not  on  the  oup  so  far.  bo 

(80  ‘ 

the  matter  is  within  onr  control. 

yours  very  truly. 


Mar.  20,  1912 

Mr.  ?.  II.  Upton, 

Union  31cig.  , 

Ifewari:,  II . J . 

My  Bear  Hr.  Upton 

Please  portion  the  tielay  in  nokn  o >vl e  o  g ing  your 
favor  of  the  15th  instant,  enolosing  year  ehee>  for  .jl?.00, 
your  contribution  tov.’aruB  the  loving  cap  anil  testimonial  for 
Mr.  Btiison. 

■before  long. 

I  shall  hope  to  have  tho  pleasure  of  seeing  you 

Mourn  very  truly. 


N  EW 


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April  3,  1912. 

Wm.  H.  Headowcroft ,  Esquire, 
Laboratory  of  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  Hew  Jersey. 

Bear  Sir: 

It  was  very  thought¬ 
ful  of  you  to  send  the  addresses  of  the  guests 
at  the  Edison  banquet  that  we  might  call  their 
attention  to  the  magazine. 

Unfortunately  we  are 

all  out  of  April  issues  and  cannot  send  them 
copies  at  present.  However,  we  have  written  them 
a  card  telling  them  about  the  article  and  that 
the  magazine  can  be  bought  on  the  news  stands, 
also  that  later  on  we  will  have  a  supply  on  hand 
and  can  send  them  copies  upon  request  -  you  know 
we  have  a  few  come  back  each  month  from  the  news 

At  your  request  X  am 
returning  the  list  herewith. 

Once  more  thanking  you 

for  your  kindness,  X  am. 

Very  truly  yours, 

April  4th,  1912 

Ur .  Francis  Jehl, 

Vll  Kazinczy-Uticza  19, 

Budapest,  Hungary. 

My  dear  Jehl:- 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  19th  ult., 
and  am  glad  to  learn  that  you  received  my  letters,  newspaper 
clippings  and  photos.  I  also  note  that  you  aro  goine  to  pub¬ 
lish  an  account  of  the  dinner  in  a  Continental  Weekly,  and  shall 
he  glad  to  Bee  a  copy.  Possibly  you  may  receive  tho  Popular 
Electricity  Magazine  in  Budapest.  If  so’;  you  will  find  a  little 
illustrated  article  by  mo  in  the  April  number.  If  you  do  not  get 
this  monthly  in  Budapest,  you  might  write  to  It.  W.  Young,  Editor 
Popular  Electricity  Magazine ,  Dearborn  &  lake  Sts.,  Chicago,  Ill., 
and  I  am  sure  he  will  be  glad  to  send  you  a  copy. 

I  beg  to  thank  yon  for  your  contribution  towards 
the  expenses  of  the  loving  clip,  etc..  Which  has  been  placed  to 
your  credit. 

As  to  the  photo  and  bronze  paperweight,  these  were 
given  by  Mrs.  Edison,  personally,  and  she  only  had  enough  made 
for  eaoh  one  of  the  Dinner  Guests.  There 'have  been  so  many  re¬ 
quests  from  the  Did  timers"  for  these  souvenirs  that  I  askod  her 
before  they  went  to  Florida  last  month  to  have  them  duplicated. 


April  4/12 

She  thought  she  wouia  ao  it,  hut  the  natter  has  been  suspended 
until  they  cone  hack  from  Glorias,  which  will  He  in  about  ten 
3ays.  I  shall  take  the  natter  up  again  with  her  ana  hope  in 
due  tine  to  he  able  to  Rena  you  the  souvenirs. 

I  am  thankful  to  say  that  I  an  enjoying  good  health, 
and  trust  that  it  is  the  sane  with  you. 

With  kina  regaraB,  I  remain 

Yours  sinceroly. 





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Hr.  Arthur  S.  Beves, 

o/o  BleugaR  Co.  of  America, 

B31  fourth  A vo. , 

How  York  City. 

Dour  Mr.  Beves 

Yonr  esteemed  fnvor  of  the  24th  instant  cane 
to  hand,  ana  I  must  ask  yon  to  accept  my  apology  for  the 
few  days’  delay  in  replying,  as  I  have  boon  so  rushed. 

I  do  not  wonder  that  you  desire  to  know 

about  the  completion  of  the  photographic  group.  The  work 

is  progressing  and  X  understand  from  fir.  IiOzier  that  it  is 

almost  finished.  I  think  that  before  a  great  while  you  will 

receive  a  notification  from  him  to  that  effect. 

As  to  the  story  of  the  birthday  colebrati  on, 

I  wrote  an  article  f or  ^Popular  Electric ity",  but  just  at  this 
moment  cannot  remember  whether  it  appeared  in  the  April  or  Hay 
number.  However,  if  you  write  you  H.  Young,  Editor  of 
Popular  Electricity  Magazine ,  Dearborn  S-.  lake  Sts.,  Chicago, 

Ill. ,  I  think  you  will  probably  bo  able  to  get  a  copy. 

As  to  souvenirs,  Mrs.  Edison  only  had  a  limited 
number  done  for  the  Dinner  Guests,  and  a  great  many  applications 
from  the  other  old  friends  have  been  received.  I  have  had 


Hay  ?.8/l2 

several  conversations  with  hor  on  the  matter  of  duplicating 
souvenirs,  hut  thus  far  she  has  not  done  anything  shout  3t. 
Possibly  she  will  still  ho  willing  to  take  boms  action  later 

With  kind  regards,  I  remain 

Yours  very  truly. 


Mr.  E.  H.  Johnson, 

Union  League  Club, 

Mew  York,  H.Y. 

Bear  nr.  Johnson: - 

The  Edison  group  picture  is  finished  and  you  and 
Charlie  Benton  can  see  it  at  Dempsey  and  Carrol's  on  Monday, 
or  they  will  hold  it  later,  if  you  telephone  them  to  do  so. 

Aa  easel  will  cost  §35  extra  and  will  cause  delay.  If  you  all 
agree,  I  think  it  best  to  cut  it  out. 

I  woiad  also  suggest  that  Meadowcroft  set  up  the  picure 
in  Edison's  library,  and  then  you  can  go  out  there  after  it  arrives 
and  see  how  the  old  man  likes  it.  This  will  be  in  the  nature 
of  a  surprise  to  him,  but  if  you  have  any  other  plan  by  all  means 
i*5r  follow  it  out. 

I  enclose  copy  of  letter  which  the  .American  Letter  Co. 
will  mail  to  those  whose  pictures  appear., 

Eorgive  me  for  taking  the  reins  in  my  hand  in/  this 
manner  but  had  to  leave  unexpectedly  for  /the  west  and  thought  it 

HO.  a  B.H.J. 

beat  to  gat  the  jot  done.  Will  he  gone  about  10  days.  My 
address  is  First  national  Bank  Bldg-.,  Omaha,  Hob. 

With  test  wifhea, 

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Dear  Friend, 

Your  committee  is  at-iast  able  to  report  that  the 
Edison  Group  picture  hae  been  finally  completed  and  will  this 
week  he  presented  to  Mr.  Edison. 

It  contains  "65"  photographs  of  Mr.  Edison's  associates 

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of  the  days  of  65  Fifth  Avenue.^  Each  photograph  received  has 

heen  reduced  to  a  standard  size  and  tone,  c-.ontai.ning  the  name 
of  each  person  engrossed  under  it;  and  we  feel  that  ~as3rs. 
Dempsey  and  Carroll  have  turned  out  a  very  satisfactory  piece 
of  work. 

A  14  hy  10  negative  has  heen  made  and  those  who 
desire  to  have  a  photograph  of  the  name  cart  do  so  hy  mailing  to 
Mr.  William  H.  Meadowcroft,  oare  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Orange, N.J., 
two  dollars.  While  this  sum  is  in  excess  of  its  actual  cost, 
still  the  expenditures  incident  to  the  celebration,  including  the 
oost  of  this  picture,  were  in  exoeBS  of  the  contributions  re¬ 
ceived,  and  wo  hope  to  make  up  the  deficit  in  this  manner. 

The  original  photographs  whioh  we  have  reoeived  will 
■a  bo 

he  returned,  arid  we  have  thought  best,  to  hold  them  not  that  they  car| 

he  sent,  in  the  name  paokago  with  the  group  pioture,  if  the  latter 
he  ordered. 

Tho  delay  in  completing  t,hl8  group  pioture  has  heen 
due  to  the  difficulties  encountered  in  getting  the  proper 
photographs  together,  hut  now  that  the  work  is  done,  your 


committee  trusts  that  it  has  aoted  in  aocor&noe  with  your 
desires,  and  unless  instructed  to  the  contrary,  will  consider 
itself  discharged. 

With  host  wishes,  believe  ub  to  he 
Yours  very  truly, 

Robert  X.  lazier 


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Charles  A.  Benton 
X.  C.  Martin 

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Orange,,  H.  J. 

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Please  note  tho  enolo3ed  which  I  have  received  from  Johnnon,  from 
which  it  will  appear  that  he  will  not  have  t  mo  to  come  out  to  tho  Laboratory 
at  all.  X  believe  Lozier  ie  in  the  weat  ao  I  ahall  bo  glad  to  have  your 
advioe  aa  to  what  hod  better  be  done  about  it.  X  an  loaded  with  oomnittoo 
meetings  and  am  going  out  of  town  early  noxt  week  but  of  oourne  would  like 
to  give  the  matter  nuoh  attention  aa  it  roquires. 




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liev/  York  City. 

My  a ear  Mr.  Hammer 

I  have  received  your  favor  of  the  20th  instant, 
enclosing  your  check  for  $2.00  for  copy  of  the  F.rtioon  group 
photo.  These  will  ho  ready  in  a  few  days  and  one  will  he 
sent  to  you  in  accordance  with  your  direction. 

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yourself,  and  heg  to  extend  my  congratulations  to  you  thereon. 
Yitli  kind  regards,  I  remain 

Yours  very  truly. 


Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Birthday  Greetings  [not  selected]  (E-12-21) 

This  folder  contains  letters  congratulating  Edison  on  the  celebration 
of  his  sixty-fifth  birthday. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Book  and  Journal  Orders  (E-12-22) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
hooks  sent  to  Edison  or  ordered  by  him,  along  with  items  pertaining  to  his 
book  collections  in  West  Orange  and  Fort  Myers  and  his  subscription  to  news 
clipping  services.  In  addition  to  correspondence  with  Publishers  and  book 
Hpaiprs  there  are  letters  from  authors  Robert  Grau  and  Elbert  G.  Hubbard, 
chemist  Herman  E  Kiefer  of  the  Edison  Portiand  Cement  Co.,  and 
associate  Arthur  Williams. 

Approximately  20  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
materia?  not  selected  consists  of  routine  orders,  letters  of  transmittal, 
unsolicited  correspondence. 



Mr.  H.  F,  Millor, 

Edison  Laboratories, 
Orange,  N.J. 

My  Dear  Mr.  Miller, 

.  Several  weeks  ago  I  sent  Mr.  Edison  a  copy  of  my 
forthcoming  book  entitled  "The  Silent  Bullets  The  Ventures  of  Craig 
Kennedy,  Scientific  Detective."  I  wonder  whether  he  has  had  a  chance 
to  glance  at* the  thing,  and,  if  eo,  what  he  thinks  of  "science"  and 
" crime" 1 

„  At  the  time,  I  asked  whether  he  would  he  so  kind  as  to 
suggest  in  an  interview  some  possible  ways  of  using  soienoe  to  detect 
crime  and  he  replied  through  you  that  he  would  be  glad  to  write 
later  on  the  subject.  I  should  be  very  glad  to  see  him  anytime  at 
his  convenience,  if  you  would  be  so  kind  as  to  bring  the^matter  to 
his  attention  again.  I  recall  that  when  I  interviewed  him  last  fall 
for  the  "Century  Magazine"  he  said  .he-  was  very  much  interested  in 
detective  stories. 

Very  sincerely  yours, 

B.  J.  Henley 



Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Menlo  Park,H.J. 
My  Pear  Sir:- 

J  ,  , 

I  was  somewhat  interested  in  a  publishld  iiitir-i(, 
view  with  you  in  Sunday  'a  paper, in  which  you  expressed  your/ 
views  on  Health  and  Long  Life.  J 

My  new  boole,  "  THE  ART  07  LOMOEVITY,"  embodies  B 
the  principles  expressed  by  you  along  these  lines. and  feeling 
that  the  work  would  interest  you, I  hand  you .under  separate 
cover, a  complimentary  copy  of  same. 

Would  be  pleased  to  have  your  opinion  of  the 
work  after  reviewing  it. 

Very  truly  x 


Turlock,  CalI.,R.F.D,#l,Boxl36,  BEB.  20th,.  1812. 

(Cayelapa)  gj> 

i  Thomas  F.disoi 
New  York,  N.Y. 

Dear  Hr.  Fdison'*- 

I  send  you  under 

PRIMER,  as  a  tribute  and  a  reoognatlon  and  appreciation; of  your  many 
wonderful. Inventions ,  I  have  followed  you  with. intense  interest  for 
nearly  thirty  years,  and  recognize,  in  you  t lie  greatest  inventor  and  bene¬ 
factor  to  the  human  family' of  this  age. 

Very  Respectfully  and  Sincerely  Yours 

Cw — 

er  my.  new  book, the  SCIENTIFIC  DIAL 

:  another  < 




February  21,  1912, 

Saar  Mr.  Edison:-' 

Will  you  please  send  us  the  names  of  some  of 
the  Elect  Few  -  those  who  have  the  open  mind  -  whom 
you  think  might  appreciate  The  Fra,  and  thus  extend 
the  circle  of  commonsonse! 

You  will  be  glad  to  know  of  the  success  of 
our  American  Bible. 

We  are  all  supposed  to  be  familiar  with  the  " 
words  of. Franklin,  Jefferson,  Lincoln  and  Emerson  - 
but  the  fact  is,  the  average -man  isn’t.  - 

To'supply,  in  convenient'  form,- the  best  that  . 
these  great  American  prophets. have' said,  and  thus 
help  people  to  live  wisely- and  well,' now.  and  here. 

Is  surely  being  appreciated.  Isn't  the  world 
growing  better!  It  looks  like  it. 

With  all  kind  wishes, 

.  Your  sincere. 

Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  N.J., 


March  2,  1912. 

•V- i 

Hr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange ,  H . J • 

Ky  dear  Ur.  Edison: 

I  am  sending  you  by  express,  pre-paid,  vith 

„y  OOTOll»«t.. .  i»«»>  ^  °f  "T“rt1'  '‘',,rs  °f 
wt„udW'.  i  «»•<■  »“  f“  11  ot 

„„t  It  *  »•  considered  ,ortW  ei  .  »U»  *» 

Very  truly  yours, 

.»W  rfp 

RHE : HLC . 

_ _ 

Edison  Portland  Cement  Co, 


Telegraph,  Freight  and  Passenger  Station,  NEW  VILLAGE,  N.  J.  , 

Sk  HSa 

P.  o,  address.  STEWARTSVILLE,  N.  J. 

’uiie  8ii ,  1?H2. 

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ARTHUR  CASSOT.  Proprietor 
Cambridge  building 
Cor.  5th  Ave.  and  33rd  St.,  N.  Y. 

>»te  JUN  r3j9f#tate  Ky 


■  *  -Mr.  Chairman.  I «  n«o 
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ARTHUR  CASSOT,  Proprietor 

Cor.  5th  Ave.  and  33rd  St.,  N.  Y. 

new  york  paris  London 


Dat<3  IJ  n  1 5 1st!  • 

President  Says  Investigation 
Work  Has  Been  Assisted 
by  the  Inventor. 


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ARTHUR  CASSOT.  Propriet 
DAMDRIDGE  building 
Cor.  5th  Ave.  and  33rd  N  Y 
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— Papcr  Bu"ulin 

San  Francisco 

D“'. , , 

tWvnnonyinous  donor  of  $2,500,000  to 
'fffio  Massachusetts  Institute  °t  Teohnol- 
Jouy,  tbo  "Tdiorten  We  intWWWgd  a 
I  large  number  of  persona  of  wealth  and  a 
reputation  for  generosity,  only  to  bo  met 
with  vigorous  denials.  Most  those 
'approached  liavo  been,  complimented  by 
the  imputation,  so  c„ 

hi  highly  gratifying.  It  Is  not  easy  to  un- 
dcrataud,  therefore,  why  Thomas  A.  lia¬ 
ison  should  have  repelled  with  such.scorn' 
and  Indignation  an  interviewer's  insinua¬ 
tion  that  lie  was  the  .mysterious  bcncloc- 

'  When  -English  literary  circles  were 
-racked  with  curiosity  over  the  author¬ 
ship  of  tho  Wnvcrlcy  novels,  a  dlnnef  com- 

A  A..  _•  Ara  wr.inMllftuk  to 

^ard\vhcn  it  ^engaged,  in  technical  edu- 
n,  ns  the  homo.  o£  theorists.  He 
to  realize  that  she  himself  is  the 
inspired  dreamer.  He 

_ _  ...»  phonograph  and  ^thc 

wonderful  Inventions  and 

gonius  he  did  uot! 

"technical  training  ncccr . 

n  in  tho  perfecting  of 
I  inventions.  At  all  our  colleges  and 
nicnl  schools  aro  hosts  of  young  men 
Edlsons,  but  who  at 
I  ting  themselves  to’,follow,  ot  a_con 
distance,  .In  his  footsteps.  N| 

June  89  th,  1912 

Editor  and  Chief, 

Division  of  Jhihlications 

U.S.  Department  of  Agrioulture, 

Washington,  D.C. 


Kindly  forward  me  one  oopy  of  Farmers 
Bulletin  #497,  and  one  oopy  separate  "Our  Hid  Paoifio  Bird 
Heservation",  and  oblige 

Yours  very  truly, 

Box  870 

Orange,  K.J. 




(Beyond  Zero)  •  ) 




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ARTHUR  CASSOT,  Proprietor 
Cambridge  Building,  Entrance  on  33rd  Street 


/  YORK _ July  6»-L^13, 



Mr.  H.  J.  Miller,  Secy., 

Laboratory  of  Mr.  Thomas  A.  'Edison,  j 

Orange,  N.J. 

My  Dear  Slr:- 

Rep lying  to  your  kind  f avor /Concur ning  press  clipping 
service  concerning  Mr.  Thomas  A.  Mdisoijf^trtsc.  ,  wo  would  ho  glad  to 
supply  you  ah  the  special  low  cost  of/ :  ft  30  pak-  thousand  clippings 
and  to  give  your  order  our  prompt  and  oar-afail  attention  covering 
the  entire  country,  and  if  you  desire  to  include  the  foreign  clippings 
in  this  service. 

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Your  order  for  The  Myth  In 
Marriage  is  very  slow  in  arriving. 

Have  you  been  remiss  or  is 
this  one  on  Uncle  Samuel? 

Seriously,  I  want  you  to  see 
this  book.  Just  sign  the  above  blank 
and  I  will  send  it  along. 

July  25,  1912 

If  you  do  not  like  the  book, 
return  it  at  my  expense. 

Your  sinoere, 


Thomas  A.  Edison 
Orange,  H.  J. 



















19  12 

Dear  Sir: 

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cover,  with  my  compliments,  an  ™'01'  “  “j 

little  volume  entitled  "A  New  Chaptei  in  an  Old 
Story,"  which  I  believe  will  interest  you  because 
of  your  own  notable  achievements. 

It  has  been  my  purpose  in  this  volume 
+n  set  forth  clearly  the  undeniable  fact  that  our 
great  business  and  financiai  institutions  (our  huge 
industrial  and  mercantile  triumphs)  are  the  very 
foundations  of  American  civilization,  economically 
and  sociologically. 

The  volume  that  I  am  sending  to  you 
presents  a  specific  instance  in  a  single  line  of 
trade  It  is  in  the  nature  of  a  business  biog¬ 
raphy."  It  shows  how  a  typical  American  industry 
started  from  the  most  meagre  beginnings,  less  than 
nne  hundred  vears  ago,  and  through  genius  and  in 
tegrity  has  become  a  large  factor  in  the  prosperity 
of  the  nation;  how  through  inyentiveskill  and  the 
improvement  of  its  products  it  has  taken  a  very 
portant  part  in  all  the  movements  of  human  progress. 

I  shall  consider  it  an  honor  if  you 
will  accept  this  little  volume  with  my  personal  re¬ 
gards  and  grant  me  the  value  of  your  criticism. 

Very  respectfully, 

P  s.  Kindly  address  me  personally  at  6Aie  Searcli- 
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Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Business  Propositions  [not  selected]  (E-12-23) 

This  folder  contains  unsolicited  correspondence  asking  for  Edison's 
support  or  endorsement  of  a  business  venture,  invention,  or  idea.  Among  the 
documents  for  1912  are  letters  requesting  Edison  s  ideas  on  highway 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Cement  (E-12-24) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
the  business  of  the  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.  and  to  the  manufacture  and 
sale  of  cement.  I  ncluded  are  letters  regarding  Edison's  widely  publicized  plans 
to  produce  concrete  for  roadways  and  to  use  concrete  in  the  manufacture  of 
phonograph  cabinets  and  other  furniture.  Among  the  correspondents  are 
Edison's  personal  representative  and  chief  engineer  Miller  Reese  Hutchison, 
H.  Burdick  of  the  Cement  Cabinet  Department,  Walter  S.  Mallory  of  the 
Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.,  and  New  Jersey  State  Highway  Commissioner 
Edwin  A.  Stevens.  Also  included  is  a  handwritten  note  from  Edison  to  Donald 
M.  Bliss,  Hutchison's  predecessor  as  chief  engineer,  concerning  molds  for 
cabinets,  along  with  a  communication  from  Bliss  regarding  the  dismissal  of 
several  employees  in  the  cabinet  department  who  went  on  strike  for  higher 

Approximately  30  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  Most 
of  the  selected  letters  contain  Edison's  reply  in  the  form  of  marginalia.  The 
items  not  selected  consist  primarily  of  unsolicited  correspondence  that 
received  no  reply  or  only  a  perfunctory  response  from  Edison. 

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Bear  Sir:- 

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large  handlers  of  furniture  in  San  Iranoiseo,  a  OU^of^ 
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we  are  interested  in  the  idea  of  reinforce^ _  Jf 
eonorete  furniture.  We  understand  that  you  hare  keen 

working  on  these  lines  for  some  time  and  would  ha  pleased^ 
to  hear  from  you  whether  this  furniture  has  passed  its  j/ 
experimental  stage  and  whether  you  are  ready  to  put  same 
on  the  market  on  a  eommerieal  basis. 

Thanking  you  for  any  information  you  may  gire 
us  regarding  this,  we  are, 

Tours  wery  truly, 

E.  N.  *  E.  WALTER  t  CO.  ? 

(/Mg  ! 

Phomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  IT.  J. 

Dear  Hr.  Edison: 

On  o T'  about  Hovember  10,  1911  I  had 
olensure  of  a  personal  interview  with  you,  and  at  that 
time  you  were  kind  enough  to  show  me  concrete  ixn-^ 

ished  'ey  various  methods,  sucji  as  .or  iUrnuuie,  ^ 
•ohones,  etc.  and  you  advised  me  ut  that  time  thc.t  cu 
Crete  could  he  made  absolutely  damp-proox . 

We  are  just  about  to  make  alterations  and  addi¬ 
tions  in  one  of  our  breweries,  and  are  going  to  finish 
ceilings  and  walls  with  concrete,  and  n  occurea  ,o  me 
that  if  it  were  possible  for  me  to  nave  the  vallo  and 
ceilings  finished  in  a  similar  method  as  the  various 
concrete  articles  you  showed  me,  that  it  would  be  of 
great  advantage. 

The  requirements  would  be  that  the  finish  he 
absolutely  damp-proof,  filling  up  all  the  pores  of  the 
concrete,  and  also  acid-prooi,  wmcn  ^nerctea  uy 
fermentation  of  the  beer  and  this  should  ha  - 
unon  the  finish,  and  that  water  and  oeer  be  splasheu 
against  it  without  effecting  the  same. 

I  would  be  greatly  pleased  if  you  would  kindly 
advise  me  as  to  the  above,  and  also  li  your  .irm  does 
this  kind  of  work,  and  if  not,  you  could  prooaoly^vi^ 
me  by  whom  I  could  have  this  done.  - 

Awaiting  your  reply,  I 

Yours  very 


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Mr.  Frank  L»  Dyer,  v 

O/o  'i'hos.  A.  Edison  Co.f 

Orange,]  ^ 

Dear  Sir:  .  A®'*' 

Can  yon  give  ns  any  info rmation\r  e garSing 
tiie  new  concrete  furniture  that  is  being  built  (  a  recent 
invention  of  Mr.  Edison)  ?  We  are  distributers  in  this  sectior 
for  your  Talking  Machines  and  Records  and  ranild  be  pleased  to 
have  yon  communicate  with  us  and  advise  there  this  Purnituie 
will  be  shown  and.  cost  cf  same.  V/e  are  desirous  of  being  the 
first  ones  in  this  location  to  make  a  showing  of  such. 

tn-teA^eeted  me  yA-eotty  tn  tte  deocA-tbt-ion  of  tbe  eoneA/ete  tnVn-ftuA-e 
that  yea  btan  to  but  on  the  maA-bet  at  an  eavty  date  and  •$  baoe  eai>- 
tbe  nemobabev  ettbbtny  to-  u-oe  ae  a  baote  of  tbto  tetter*  -3l  am  oendtny 
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t hie  time  in  the  tnteA-eet  of-  eebooi  matteve  and  on  A,eadtnq  tbe  dee- 
eeA-tbtton  of-  tbe  eone-Ve-te  fuA.nttuA,e  tt  oecuA/aed  to  me  that  ouob  f-aV 
r.-LtaVe  woutd  be  moot  bA/actteat  f-oV  oo boot  uoe  botft  tn  tbe  ooboot  — 
A-oome  and  tbe  borne  deboA/tment  of-  boaA-dtny  eeboofo  and  jSbat  -X  moutd 
ttbe  to  be  a  faeteA.  tn  tfte  tntA.odu.etton  of  oueb  fuA-nttu'ae  tn  tbe 
oobooto  ^eebectatty  tn  tbto  eoutbeA.n  baAt  of  ouA.  aoun-tvy  and  -1  uooutt 
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ttoii  ae  to  tbe  otyte  outtabte  -foA.  ooboot  u-oe  . 

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fuA/nttuA/e  ao  deooA/tbed  owtny  to  tbe  muab  toiueA-  bA/teeo  and  tbe  yA-eat 
need  tbeA-e  to  toA,  tbe  A^f uA-n-tobtng-  of  tto  oebooto  and  cotteyee. 

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atone,  oaybt  to  affoA-d  an'  exoettent  foA,  tbto  btnd  of  taA-* 
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1  aoh  you  if-  «e,e  to  any  ^oo-ttiUty  &  V-,  taUn, 
ujs  the  matte,  of-  ".aUny  tu,nttu,s  ot  eonCete  -ui-th^n  a 
„ea,f,om  no.,  7-  ».y  ^aoon  to,  dotnq  oo  to  ieoaooe  &.  a, 
v,o?eed  to  ou'ae, intend  the  ,e- tu,n to htn„  of  a  oehoot  h*,e 
tn  the  oouth  and  i  .outd  tihe  to,  oeoe,at  ,eaoon0  t*y 
«.  ex;oe,iment  ot  uoin,  the  tu,nito,e  that  VeteWed 

to  trv  the  avtiete  1  *u>te  ot  tn  my  !o,eotouo  tette,. 
flfconWn*  you  tn  adoanee  fo,  a  ,e^M  ,  L  am 
\)e,y  oince,ety 

Hessrs.  Bliss:  Burdick:  oomont  oaMnots,  the  inport  ant 

thing  to  do.  and  I  olhor^nlmto^ial 

sys  grsws:  ajar  jas??1 Jssrsr-^  -* 

gladly  oompute  thorn- 

8/88/18.  /  0. H. Wilson* 

Copios  to  Messrs.  3 din  on:  Dyer:  Rodfoam- 

February  26,  1912. 

Mr.  Edison, - 

I  understand  the  collapsing  of  seTeral  cement 
dams  has  been  due  to  disintegration  of  the  cement  by  alkali 
in  the  water  that  is  being  dammed  up.  I  recently  read  a 
report  of  some  engineer  who  claims  he  has  been  able  to 
remove  cement  from  parts  of  a  dam,  by  means  of  a  tin  oup . 

You  have  several  times  mentioned  to  me  various 
properties  possessed  by  Edison  Portland  Oement,  that  is 
not  possessed  by  other  cement.  Why  would  it  not  be  a  good 
plan  to  make  a  noise  about  these  properties,  and  have  them 
written  in  on  Government  specifications?  The  Government 
is  using  a  great  deal  of  cement,  and  it  seems  to  me  some 
value  should  be  attached  to  superior  cement. 

Sometime,  when  you  think  of  it,  give  me  a  little 
lecture  on  cement,  and  when  1  get  the  opportunity,  X  will 
compile  a  little  booklet  on  the  subject,  which  to. 

Mallory  may  find  of  sufficient  value  to  distribute. 




Laboratory  of  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Mr.  H.  F.  Miller,  Secretary, 

Orange,  Hew  Jersey. 

Dear  Sin  — 

I  notice  the  statement  in  one  of  our'1' trade 
papers  thut  the  cement  furniture  of  Mr.  Edison  will  be  exhibited 
at  the  Cement  Show  In  Chicago,  and  this  reminded  me  of  the 
correspondence  which  passed  between  us  in  January  last. 

We  were  disappointed  in  not  being  able  to  have 
some  of  this  furniture  on  exhitlon  at  our  January  Exposition. 

We  will,  however,  hold  another  one  in  July,  and  trust  we  will 
be  able  to  arrange  with  you  by  that  time  so  thut  we  can  have  an 
exhibit  of  this  concrete  furniture  in  our  building  during  the 
progress  of  the  July  Exposition. 

Yours  truly, 




Mr.  Shoe.  A-  Edison. 

Orange,  N.  J. 

We  thank  you  very  muoh. 

Yours  very  truly,  _ 




April  18th,  1918 

Kr.  1’.  Weber 

BnclOKOd  find  order  for  night  (8)  special  onrB  as 
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under  order,  of  IP  oars. 

Tho  reason  for  ordering  this  amount  is  that  .1 
have  keen  notified  by  our  Hr.  Holdornoss  that,  ho  intends  having 
about  10  sets  of ’moulds  roady  for  manufacture  in  tho  next  few 

II.  3rcr flick 

H3/bS  Cement  Cabinet  Dept. 


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Ur. Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Edison  Laboratory, 
Orange, Hew  Jersey. 

.-.t.  p.% 

and  statements  of  faotB  relating  to  oonoroto  products.  pv’p- 

I  seem  to  be  up  against  a  hard  condition.  X  appreciate  the  ^ 
value  of  the  industry  I  have  described.  Others  here  know  of  the  ,  J 
ease  and  economy  of  manufacture, but  they  oannot  Comprehend  the  f  V 
magnitude  into  which  the  enterprise  will  develop.  > 

There  are  but  few  manufacturing  industries  in  this  part  ^  „ 
of  our  country  .therefore  those  who  have  money  look  upon  all  t 

manufactories  about  the  same  as  Eastern  people  look  upon  mines. 
manulactorie^Q^r  condltlonB>  i  would  have  enough  money  to  go  P  * 

ahead  on,  but  all  engineers  have  been  hungup  duringthe  P*nt  •' 
three  years  in  the  mountain  country.  I  was  working  in  Mexico, 
and  doing  well,  but  had  to  get  out  of  there  ,  of  course. 

I  have  my  Polo  subject  up  with  Y/m.J. Clark  relating  to  the* 
East.  Ur. Clark  was  here  in  Denver.  1  have  it  up  also  with  m^ny 
good  men  in  various  parts  of  the  West  and  Canada.  A 

Think  X  have  about  completed  arrangements  for  thl 
tion  of  a  complete  plant  here  in  Denver.  | 

I  am  relating  my  troubles  to  you  in  hopes  that  yiu  may  i 
vise  me  concerning  a  way  out  of  them.  You  have  passed  through  the  £ 
same  difficulties  in  the  past,  and  I  just  thought  that  yoji  might  Jt 
help  me  out  with  but  a  few  w®ds  of  advice  ,  surely  they  would  be  ep> 
prooiated.  I  think  possibly  that  Mr  .Clark  w^la^y^^outthio. 

P  X  want  you  to  remember  what  Jones..  It  S  the  same  Jones  ^ 

you  remember-  Battle  Creek  Lake  ,  Eclipse  of  the  Sun,  Larpnie  Jones,, 
who  visited  you  on  various  occasions  at  your  Laboratory. j  * 

Well-  Jones  would  appreciate  a  little  good  advic^.. 

What  kind  of  medicine  must  I  use  to  induoe  somebody  to  take 
a  hand  with  me  in  this  enterprise?  j 

Yours  Very  Truly ( 


The  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co. 

O.  address.  STEWARTSVILLE.  N.J. 

September  5,  1912. 

We  have  been  at  work  for  some  time 
on  the  question  of  the  concrete  road  with  Col.  Stevens, 
of  the  Hew  .Jersey  State  Highway  Dept.,  with  result  that 
Hr.  E.  M.  Vail,  one  of  the  Highway  Dept,  engineers,  and 
Mr.  J.  R.  Thatcher,  Director  of  the  Warren  County  Board 
of  Freeholders,  have  been  to  Detroit  and  made  a  personal 
inspection  of  the  concrete  roads,  and  have  returned  home 
very  enthusiastic  as  to  what  they  saw. 

At  a  conference  held  yesterday  in 
Washington,  IT.  J.,  it  was  practically  decided  to  build 
one  mile  of  road  on  the  turnpike  between  Washington  and 
Phillipsburg,  starting  just  West  of  the  canal  bridge, 
which  you  will  doubtless  remember  is  West  of  Hew  Village, 
and  which  passes  the  Shillinger  mill.  We  have  agreed  to 
sell  the  cement  for  this  road  on  the  basis  of  50^  per 
barrel,  and  also  to  furnish  the  crushed  dolomite  at  cost 
of  quarrying  and  crushing,  and  the  local  contractor  has 
agreed  to  charge  only  the  actual  cost  of  labor,  without 
he  is  anxious  to  get  a  line  on  the  real 

any  profit, 

cost.  The  Association  of  American  Portland  Cement  Manu¬ 
facturers  has  also  agreed  to  furnish  without  expense 
the  services  of  its  road  expert,  and  every  paine  will 
he  taken  to  put  down  a  perfect  job.  There  only  remains 
some  small  details  to  he  arranged  with  CoJ^.  Stevens,  and 
then  we  will  he  able  to  get  the  work  under  way  promptly. 

Yours  very  truly, 


November  1,  1912. 



Dear  Sir:- 

Col .  E.  A.  Stevens  and  yfc .  E.  M.  Vail, 
Division  Engineer,  visited  the  sample  jpiie  of  concrete 
highway  this  morning  during  a  heavy  rain,  and  although 
the  conditions  were  extremely  unfavorable  for  the  work, 
the  mixer  was  run  for  them  and  Col.  Stevens  seemed  highly 
pleased,  not  only  with  the  progress  that  had  been  made, 
but  with  the  appearance  of  the  completed  work. 

The  question  of  filling  the  shoulders 
came  up,  and  we  volunteered  to  supply  them  with  cinder, 
as  per  attached  carbon  copy  of  letter  to  Col.  Stevens. 
Col.  Stevens  is  more  enthusiastic  than  ever  for  concrete 
roads,  and  is  now  cooperating  with  Mr.  Ransome,  of  the 
Raneome  Concrete  Machinery  Co.,  who  is  endeavoring  to 
design  a  mixer  that  will  largely  eliminate  the  hand  labor 
now  required  to  load  the  raw  material  into  the  hopper. 

Mr.  Ransome,  he  informs  us,  has  prepared  designs  of  such 
a  mixer.  This  feature  shows  that  Col.  Stevens'  intention 
of  building  more  concrete  highways  during  1913  is  being 
maintained  by  him. 

Yours  very  truly, 



November  1,  1912, 

Col.  Ji.  A.  elevens, 

State  Highway  Commiooionor, 
Trenton,  H.  J. 

v/c  wish  to  confirm  our  conversation  with 
you  of  this  morning,  in  reference  to  cindor  for  filling 
the  shoulders  of  the  sample  mile  of  concrete  highway  be¬ 
tween  Ctewartsville  and  New  Village,  J. 

This  Company  will  load  and  deliver  to 
the  Railroad  Co.  free  of  charge  to  the  .State,  sufficient 
cinder  for  your  requirements.  The  tranoporation  charge 
from  Row  Village  to  fltewartoville  would  bo  '5.00  per  car, 
leaving  only  the  unloading  at  Gtewartsville  and  haulage 
to  be  paid  by  the  Rtate.  This,  we  think,  would  make  a 
cheap  and  entirely  satisfactory  filling  for  the  purpose 

In  discussing  with  our  Mr.  Y/«  H.  Mason 
your  recent  interview  with  Mr.  Ransomc,  of  the  Iiansome 
Concrete  Machinery  Co.,  Mr.  Mason  was  very  much  inter¬ 
ested  in  the  proposed  mixer,  and  would  be  very  Glad  to 
give  you  the  benefit  of  his  experience  with  mixers,  and 
would  be  pleased  to  look  over  the  plans  of  this  mixer 

when  you  have  then,  and  make  any  ouf-cootiona  that  may 

occur  to  him. 

yours  very  truly, 

KUIScrn  1'0KTJA:U)  Ch.'  i: 



Up  to  December  1st,  $7602.27  has 
been  expended  in  the  Cement  Cabinet  Department, 
outside  of  the  salary  of  Mr.  Holderness,  who  is  on 
the  laboratory  pay  roll. 

This  for  your  information. 

35.  J.  B2RGGHEN(g> 


Copy  to  Mr.  C.  H.  V/ilson 


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Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Cement  House  (E-12-25) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  relating  to  the  widely  publicized 
development  of  Edison's  poured  concrete  house  as  well  as  to  other 
architectural  uses  of  concrete.  Most  of  the  letters  are  unsolicited  requests  for 
information  about  the  house  and  its  expected  date  of  availability.  Many  items 
contain  Edison  marginalia  indicating  that  he  had  not  completed  the  molds  for 
the  house  and  that  a  prepared  circular  should  be  sent  in  response.  Other 
letters  concern  the  protection  and  development  of  Edison's  patents  abroad, 
including  his  attempt  to  prevent  former  employees  Henry  J.  Harms,  Jr.,  and 
George  E.  Small  from  setting  up  a  concrete  house  business  in  Holland.  A 
communication  from  master  machinist  Robert  A.  Bachman  pertains  to 
experiments  with  cement  mixtures.  A  few  letters  mention  visitors  to  Edison's 
laboratory  in  West  Orange,  New  Jersey. 

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■cement  bourses  and  an  very  greatly  interest od  in  then,  "o  are 
try  in-;  bore  to  create  an  ideal  snail  college .  Ve  shall  soon  need 
sono  now  buildings.  I  want  to  build  dornitorios  with  jiJ 1 , 
twelve  or  sixteen  room  each.  I  want  them  to  bo  fire  proof,  water 
proof,  and  boy  proof.  I  shall  bo  glad  to  have  fron  you  suggestions 
as  to  the  practicability  of  building  suah  dormitories  of  conoat. 

" o  do  not  want  to  experiment ; but  whenever  it  is  positivoly  known  that 
suoh  buildings  can  ho  erected  wo  want  to  build  one. 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  any  information  .  or. 
suggestion  that  you  nay  nnke,  T  am. 

Yours  truly, 

Manufacturers  Record 

Baltimore,  Md. ,  Feb.  5,  1912^- 

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lir.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange ,  H .  J 

Dear  Sir: 

Last  week  the  Galveston  (Tex.)  News  published  an 
article  purporting  to  present  details  of  a  plan  to  build  a 
-nodel  town  at  Port  Bolivar  near  Galveston,  the  houses  to  be 
L  working  men  and  to  be  poured  one  piece  concrete  structures 

according  to  the  Edison  patents. 

The  only  name  mentioned  in  connection  with  the  pro¬ 
position  is  that  of  Leslie  K.  Hendrickson,  who  is  said  to  repre- 
„»t  „e.  YooK  ooneraotora  .ho  ...  .»»*■ 

for  purchasing  the  Thonao  *.  Mioon  p.tonto  Too  one  ploco  eon 
crete  houses. 

Can  you  give  us  any  particulars  regarding  this  enter- 
priseT  If  so,  we  will  appreciate  a  reply  by  RETURN  KAIL  contain 
inG  au  the  facts  available  for  publication  at  this  time. 

Very  truly  yours, 


Thoa  Alva  Edison  ,East  Orange  N.T. 

Western  auntralian  government  giving  attention  to  erection  workers 
homes  on  extensive  scale  professor  mills  when  here  mentioned  your 
proposals  regarding  economical  construction  will  you  supply  definite 
information  respecting  same  and  can  we  utilize  for  such  purposes 
cost  of  reply  will  be  defrayed  by  this  government. 

J.  Scaddan  Premier 


Houston.  Texas, 

Your 3  very  since rely, 

Hr.  Thomas  A. Edison, 

West  Orange, 

My  dear  Hr. Edison: 

Hr. J.Symonds  of  Sydney,  Australia,  is  making  a  tour  ofj 
world  investigating  appliances  and  methods  for  building,  i 
ing.  He  carries  with  him  letters  of  introduction  from  h: 
ment  officials  in  Australia.  IVe  have  known  his  firj 
for  many  years.  He  writes  me  that  he  has  received 
to  get  information  regarding  cheap  house  constructioi 
to  discuss  the  natter  with  you,  or  with  someone  whom  you  will 
Hot  having  your  address  he  has  sent  a  letter  to  you  through  r 
I  enclose  this  letter,  not,  however,  snowing  anything  about  its 

MrSSymonds  is  one  of  the  most  wide-awake  and  progressive 
foreigners  that  I  have  ever  met.  He  would  be  an  excellent  man  to 
become  interested  in  your  plan  of  poured  houses.  • 

With  best  v/ishes  for  your  continued  good  health,  believe 

Enclosure  1 

Yours  sincerely,. 


Har.  6th,  1912 

Kr .  J.  3ymonds, 

The  St.  Charles, 

Hew  Orleans,  in. 

Dear  Sir :  - 

Yo\ir  fn-vor  of  the  28th  Tilt.  In  regard  to  my  poured 
concrete  houses  for  Australia  has  reached  mo  through  the  kind¬ 
ness  of  Kr.  Spencer  Hiller,  of  the  lidgerwood  Hnnufacturing 
Company  of  Hew  work. 

Yon  will  find  enclosed  a  small  pamphlet,  giving 
a  general  outline  of  my  scheme  for  pouring  concrete  houses. 

Thin  pamphlet  wub  prepared  for  the  purpose  of  giving  information 
to  n  large  nunhor  of  inquiries  arising  out  of  a  public  exhibit 
of  a  model  of  the  first  type  of  houses  whioh  1  propose  to  have 
constructed  a  little  later  on. 

It  ?/as  my  intention  to  have  gotten  this  enterprise 
started  sometimo  ago,  and  I  had  a  oorpa  of  engineers,  draughts¬ 
men  and  meohenios  at  work  for  over  two  years  preparing  the  draw¬ 
ings,  patterns  and  moulds  for  this  first  type  of  house.  As  the 
work  was  approaching  completion,  other  important  natters  arose 
in  connection  with  my  Phonograph,  Storage  Battery  and  Hotion 
Picture  Enterprises.  These  being  active  enterprises.  Which  must 
be  kept  going,  and  the  poured  house  not  yet  having  reached  Its 



Har.  6/12/ 

commercial  stage ,  the  ohoico  naturally  lay  In  favor  of  m y  aotive 
interests.  Consequently,  1  have  boon  devoting  ny  energies  to 
those  things  entirely  during  the  Inst  two  years,  working  night 
V  and  day  to  lntroduoe  improvements  for  doveloping  them  on  the 
most  Modern  lines  and  building  then  up. 

Hence,  the  Poured  House  has  of  necessity  received 
hut  little  of  my  attention  during  that  time.  It  has  not  been 
altogether  neglected,  however,  for  the  preparation  of  the  moulds 
has  been  going  on,  and  they  and  the  patterns  have  been  prepared 
to  a  large  extent .  Phe  moulds  for  the  cellar  and  part  of  the 
first  story  are  now  erected  in  one  of  the  yards  adjoining  our 

factories  here. 

I  believe  I  can  sec  my  way  clear  to  take  up  the 
subject  again  in  the  noar  future,  at  which  time  I  expect  to 
resume  work  on  the  project  and  carry  it  to  completion.  It  may 
be  of  interest  to  add  that  pourings  into  a  few  of  the  moulds 
have  been  mads,  especially  of  ornamental  parts,  and  the  results 
have  been  highly  satisfactory  and  promise  well  for  the  ultimate 
production  of  complete  structures  in  accordance  with  my  ideas. 

Some  of  these  parts  have  been  out  in  the  yards  continuously  for 
nearly  throe  years,  through  all  conditions  of  weather,  and  they 
show  practically  no  signs  of  wear  or  dofaooment. 

I  shall  he  glad  to  take  up  the  eubjoct  with  you  at 
some  subsequent  time,  Which  I  hope  may  he  in  the  not  remote  future. 


Yours  very  truly. 

March  7,  19M, 

ltm.  tu^~  ^d«~<*£A  -<- 

ison .  ^  ^  ■  pc- We  «-**- 

On  the  poured  concrete  bollse  we  had  intended  to  use  the 

-<MrO  . 

following  mixture: 

r sharp  sand  and  five  1/4  inch 

in  flowing  and  also  finish. 

at  such  a  state  where  the  aggregate  would  he  suspended  at  least  30 
seconds  before  disappearing  below  the  surface;  coarse  aggregate  to 
be  used  on  side  walls  and  other  places  where  folwing  was  not  necess! 
I  had  used  no  loam  or  foreign  material  in  connection  with  experiment 

L  rotten  stone  mixed  with  oil  thoroughly 

let  the  mixture  stand  for  1 
using  the  sediment  as  a  was 

For  two  hours  and  pouring  the  oil  off  the  top, 
i  wash  for  the  faoe  of  the  forms.  Crude  oil^ 
as  well,  but  will  not  give  the  assurance  of 

smooth  finish  that  rotten  stoi 

jo-oalled  soapstone  will  give, 

U>4j Zah  1&.  Cavvv<S-vvf  CO  ii”  (sz  C*-Cj  \  laXjZoCi  tru 

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Mar.  9th,  1912 

To  Hie  Kxoellency  The  Minister, 

Landhonw,  Han  cl  el  &  Industrie, 

The  Haggle,  Holland. 

Dear  Sir:- 

At  an  interview  with  Mr.  K.  Laernos  of  Ylissingen, 
Holland,  at  ny  Laboratory  here,  during  v/hich  he  stated  that  it 
was  the  desire  of  your  government  to  erect  poured  concrete  h&mos 
for  your  worlcingroen,  I  promised  him  that  I  would  communicate  to 
you  the  formula  for  the  concrete  mixture  which  after  much  experi¬ 
ment  I  have  found  satisfactory  and  successful  for  the  purpose.  • 
The  mixture  is  composed  of  one  part  of  finely  ground 
cement,  tvo  parts  of  sharp  sand,  and  five  parts  of  one-quarter 
inch  aggregate.  These  ingredients  are  to  he  mixed  with  water 
in  such  proportion  that  when  the  mixture  is  made  the  aggregate 
will  remain  suspended  at  least  30  seconds  before  disappearing 
helow  the  surface.  Coarse  aggregate  may  he  used  on  Bido  walls 
and  other  places  where  flowing  is  not  necessary. 

When  the  concrete  mixture  is  should  he 
agitated  with  long  poles  to  keep  it  in  motion  for  2  or  3  minutes 
after  pouring.  This  action  agitates  the  whole  of  the  freshly 
poured  concrete,  causes  the  fine  cement  to  go  to  the  wallB  and 
nakes  a  fine  siirface.  At  the  same  time  it  permits  all  the  air 
to  get  out.. 


Kar.  9th,  1912 

The  amount  of  water  should  he  considerable,  so 
that  the  concrete  mixture  is ' Quite  thin,  and  so  that  one  may 
thrust  his  arm  in  it  to  its  full  length  with  erect  ease,  hut 
not  so  thin  as  to  permit  the  one-quarter  inch  pieces  o^  rock 
aggregate  to  settle  out.  They  should  remain  in  suspension 
for  half  a  minute. 

in  order  to  keep  the  surface  of  the  moulds  free 
of  the  mixture,  I  use  "rottenstone",  thoroughly  mixed  with  oil- 
Let  this  mixture  stand  for  t-.vo  hours,  and  then  pour  the  oil 
off  and  use  the  sediment  freely  upon  the  faces  of  the  moulds. 
Crude  oil,  or  petroleum  machine  oil,  alone  will  work  almost 
as  well,  hut  will  not  assure  such  as  smooth  finish  as  will  he 
obtained  if  rottenstone  or  so-called  soapstone  is  used  as 
above  indicated. 

If  your  engineers  will  do  some  experimenting  to 
acquire  facility  in  the  handling  of  the  materials  as  I  have 
described,  you  should  find  no  difficulty  in  obtaining  the  same 
results  that  we  have  had  here. 

The  above  is  presented  to  your  Government  with 
assurances  of  my  deep  respect. 

Yours  very  truly. 


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Mr.  Thos.  A.  Edison 

Orange,  K.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Vfe  are  about  to  construct  the  first  cement,  house  with 
the  use  of  F.eichert  Iron  Moulds,  per  illustration  attached.  Tie  want 
to  know  from  you  if  this  house  is  poured  with  a  slush  mixture  of  one, 
threo,  and  five,  is  there  liable  to  be  any  condensation  of  moisture 
on  the  inside  walls.  If  such  is  liable  what  process  will  we  use  to 
avoid  It?  Tie  know  you  nre  a  busy  man,  but  we  would  like  to  have  a 
reply  to  this  letter  as  soon  as  possible.  Before  we  go  ahead  we  want 
to  hear  from  you. 

Yours  very  truly, 

C.  B.  Haynes  &  Co. 

Diet.  C.B.H. 

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April  16,  1912 


dear  Mr.  E3ison: 

iou  may  remember  my  bringing 
Mr.  Henry  Baoon  out  to  see  you.  The  i'ine  Arts 
Commission  selected  him  to  prepare  plans  for  the 
lineoln  Memorial  in  Washington.  We  agreed  ,  as 
you  know,  to  get  up  for  you  a  design  for  a  simpler 
type  of  concrete  house. 

We  made  some  sketches 

which  were  never  completed  owing  to  the  pressure 
of  other  things  and  because  you  gave  us  to 
understand  that  you  would  not  be  in  a  position 
to  use  the  sketcheB  until  the  moulds  for  your 
first  house  had  been  completed. 

I  am  writing  now  to 

inquire  if  the  time  has  arrived  when  you  wouia 
be  interested  to  see  our  ideas  of  "chaste  simplicity'.' 


Hoping  that  you  are  very 

Yours  sincerely. 



s.A.  EdiBon, 

Orange,  How  Jersey 
My  dear  Sir 


Boston,  Mass 
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May  9th,  19 ;s. 

view  of 

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Hy  son  is  looking  into  tha  ^i^oncjele^ickj^^ 
>no  or  mors  plants,  provic&ng^a$er  investigation  £ho  / 


Building  one  or  mors  plants 
tion  looks  sound,  and  he  has  this 

_ jigation  the  proposi- 

Jafforson  and  Garden  City,  long  Is lan d^a porting  *o 

toll  him  that  this  unit  concrete  Brisk  iry  an  invention.  M'-r^comir'^aa-^ 

Vf£t»XCJifc  3-s*»».  */wsWt  ■*  / 

tion  of  yours  (which,  I  am  not  quite^  sure]  tat LJ^\djl^^S7I0W)  and 
that  if  same  is  properly  prepaid  it  fJkj 

overcome  porosity. 

The  great  point  in  my  mind  is  whether  unit  concrete  Brick, as 
made  at  Garden  City,  when  laid  forming  an  air  space,  could  Be  used  in 
construction  of  dwelling  houses  in  Hew  England  without  having  a  further 
air  space  Botweon  the  wall  and  plastering  to  prevent  moisture  in  the  house 
or  keep  paper  from  dropping  off. 

Am  aware  that  I  am  presuming  on  your  valuable  time ,  But  if  you 
can  answer  this  it  will  Be  greatly  appreciated. 

Yours  very  truly, 

^ 7^, 


May  9,  1912. 

Mr.  Meadowcroft: 

I  have  just  sent  off  to  Mr.  Laernoes  in  Holland 
the  papers  relating  to  Mr.  Edison's  oement  house  invention, 
with  a  letter,  a  qopy  of  whioh  is  attaohed  hereto. 



s|  <H""s1rC*Z'nr 


JL  dCS&et  <uoci 


May  9, 


Mr.  Morten  Laomoos , 

Boulevard  Evortsen  Ho.  12, 

Vlissingon,  Holland. 

Dear  Sir:- 

In  response  to  your  communications  of  April  18,  1912 
to  Mr.  Edison,  and  in  aooordanoe  with  Mr.  Edison's  instruotions, 
I  onolose  herewith  tho  following  documents:- 

A  oopy  of  tho  Bpoclfioation  and  drawings  in 
Edison's  application  on  Cement  Buildings  and  Prooess  of  Con- 
struoting  Samo,  as  filed  in  the  United  States  patent  effioo 
August  13,  1908. 

A  oopy  of  the  specification  and  drawings  in  Mr. 
Edison's  application  on  Molds  for  Conoreto  Construction,  as 
filod  in  tho  United  States  Patent  Office  December  29,  1908. 

A  powor  of  attorney,  signod  and  acknowledged  by  Mr. 
Edison  and  logalizod  by  the  Consul  Coneral  of  ?he  Motherlands 
in  Hot;  York,  to  yourself  and  others,  authorizing  you  to  do 
oortain  acts  in  connection  with  these  applications  and  in 
other  matters  as  set  forth  therein. 

Mr.  Edison's  inventions  relating  to  cement 
houses  have  boen  partially  disclosed  on  pages  519  et  soq.  ana 
937  et  soq.  of  Vol.  2  of  tho  work  entitled  "Edison:  Hie  Life 
and  Inventions,  by  Prank  I.  Dyer  and  7.  C.  Martin,  published 
by  Harper  Bros  in  Hew  York  and  London,  1910. 


jrr.  Merten  memos  -  ;"2 

Under  Artiole  2  of  tho  new  patent  law  of  Holland, 
it  would  appear  that  neither  Hr.  Edison  nor  anyone  else  can 
now  obtain  a  patent  in  Holland  on  such  parts  of  these  inven¬ 
tions  as  are  described  in  this  publication. 

It  would  also  appear  that  Messrs.  Harms  «  Small 
could  be  prevented  from  obtaining  a  patent  in  Holland  on 
any  of  these  inventions  by  virtue  of  Article  9. 

Yours  very  truly, 

General  counsel 



Kay  10th,  i9ir 

Mr.  I~.  laernon , 

Boulevard  liver t sen.  Ho.  2, 

Tlisningon,  Holland. 

My  a ear  Sir:- 

Oiur  leg:'!  hopartment  have  just  forwarded  to  you  a 
complete  set  of  papers  that  mil?  enable  you  to  successfully 
defeat  the  illegal  attempts  of  infringers  to  exploit  Hr.  HA icon's 
poured  cement  house  indentions  in  Holland . 

I  also  Bend  you,  in  addition,  copy  of  p.  letter 
which  Hr.  iidison  wrote  on  March  9th  to  your  Minister  in  ac¬ 
cordance  with  the  promise  made  at  the  interview  which  X  had 
with  you  in  February  last.  You  will  now  be  in  possession  of 
full  information  and  X  trust  it  will  be  sufficient  to  enable 
you  to  accomplish  the  end  in  view. 

Yours  very  truly. 


Hay  28th,  1912 

Hr.  Iiflornoes, 


Holland . 

Hy  dear  Sir:- 

Your  esteemed  favor  of  the  13th  instant  lias 
heen  duly  received,  and  its  contents. carefully  noted, 

X  have  consulted  with  T?r.  T'.discn  in  regard 
to  yom-  siigg esti. on ,  and  he  has  authorised  me  to  request 
our  legal  Department  to  prepare  the  declaration  suggested 
hy  you. 

This  matter  will  he  put  into  the  hands  of 
the  legal  department  today,  with  the  request  that  this  docu¬ 
ment  7,/hen  prepared  and  executed  shall  he  forwarded  to  you. 

Yours  very  truly. 


(Copy  for  Mr.  Meadoworoft ) 

May  29,  19X2 

Mr.  Morten  Laernoes, 

Boulevard  Evertsen  Bo.  12, 

Vlissingen,  Holland 

Dear  Sir:- 

Mr.  Edison  has  instructed  the  Legal  Department  to 
take  up  the  matter  of  the  request  contained  in  your  letter  of 
May  13th  addressed  to  Hr.  Meador; croft .  On  the  9th  of  May 
we  sent  you  a  power  of  attorney  which  is  apparently  adequate 
for  present  needs.  Vo  provide  for  the  contingency  mentioned 
in  your  letter,  I  would  suggest  that  you  prepare  a  suitable 
license,  granting  to  yourself  and  your  associates  sufficient 
rights  under  the  applications  relating  to  the  ousting  of 
cement  houses  which  you  have  filed  or  are  about  to  file  in 
Holland  on  Hr.  Edison’s  inventions,  to  enable  you  to  carry 
out  your  plans.  If  you  will  send  me  a  copy  of  such  license 
with  the  translation,  I  shall  have  it  exeouted  by  Mr.  Edison, 
provided  it  meets  with  his  approval. 

Yours  very  truly, 

General  Counsel. 

May  29th,  1912 

Mr,  J.  fe.  Monnot, 
r 31  Hue  Daru, 
i’aris,  France. 

My  dear  Mr.  Monnot: 

At  Mr.  Edison’s  request  I  am 
sending  you  enolosed,  a  letter  from  Mr.  G.  3. 
Albanese,  of  your  City,  together  with  a  pamphlet 
relating  to  concrete  houses. 

It  appears  from  this  letter 
and  pamphlet  that  these  oonorete  poured  houses 
are  being  made  in  Europe  under  alleged  patents  of 
Messrs.  Harms  and  Small. 

The  facts  are  as  follows: 

These  two  men.  Harms  and  small, 
were  engaged  by  Mr.  Edison  several  years  ago  as 
draftsmen' to  help  him  get  up.  the  moulds  and  to 
work  out  the  detail  of  the  poured  oonorete  house, 
as  invented  by.  Mr.  Edison. 

These  men  were  engaged  merely 
as  draftsmen  to  work  under  Mr.  Edison’s  instruc¬ 
tions,  and  as  suoh  beoame  acquainted  with  all  the 
details  and  secret  processes  regarding  the  making 
of  these  poured  houses. 

These  men  had  nothing  to  do 
with  inventing  any  part  of  the  system,  and  were 
merely  employees  aoting  under  Mr.  Edison’s  direc¬ 
tions  entirely. 

After  a  while  Mr.  Edison 

beoame  convinced  that  there  were  some  irregularities 
in  their  behavior,  and  he  discharged  them. 

Mr.  J.  3.  Mon  not : 



Mr.  Harms  is  a  Hollander,  and  Mr.  Edison 
learned,  subsequently  that  he  and  Small  went  over  to 
Holland  and  claimed  that  they  were  the  Inventors'  of  the 
system  of  pouring  oonorete  houses,  and  in  some  way  they 
raised  some  capital  and  proceeded  to  make  some  moulds 
and  to  ereot  a  small  house  under  this  ^stem. 

It  appears  that  they  have  taken  out 
patents  in  Holland  and  in  Franoe,  and  we  believe  in  other 
oountries,  but  they  are  simply  making  use  of  Mr.  Edison's 
invention  without  his  consent. 

In  other  words  they  have  appropriated 
it  entirely,  claiming  that  they  were  the  inventors,  which 
is  absolutely  untrue. 

Mr.  Edison  thinks  that  it  would  be  a 
good  thing  for  you  to  advise  some  of  the  people  interested 
over  there  that  Harms  and  small  patents  are  no  good.  The 
invention  is  Mr.  Edison’s  and  it  had  been  published  before 
these  two  men  went  into  his  employ. 

It  is  apparent  that  the  people  in  Europe 
do  not  understand  the  facts  in  the  case,  for  if  they  did 
Harms  and  Small  oould  not  engage  capital  in  an  enter¬ 
prise  which  is  supposed  to  be- protected  by  patents. 

Mr.  Edison  has  already  warned  the  people 
in  Holland,  and  they  have  taken  steps  to  defeat  the  patents 
of  Harms  and  Small  in  that  Country. 

As  you  are  probably,  aware,  this  is  a 
philanthropic  enterprise  on  Mr.  Edison’  part,  in  order 
to  give  the  working  men  a  sanitary  and  moderate  priced 
home,  and  he  does  not  want  to  see  his  objeot  defeated 
by  two  unprincipled  men  who  have  appropriated  his 
invention  and  claimed  it  as  their  own. 

The  question  might  be  asked  you,  why 
does  not  Mr.  Edison  go  ahead  and  complete  this  house 
himself  .  In  reply  to  that  let  me  say  that  Mr.  sal  son 
has  been  so  overwhelmingly  busy  the  last,  two  or  three 
years  in  attending  to  his  obvious  Interests,  BUoh  as 
ihonographs.  Motion  Fiotures,  Storage  lotteries,  and 
other  businesses,  that  he  has  not  had  the  time  to 
devote  to  complete  this  system  of  pouring  concrete 

If  he  had  commenced  the  aotual  ex¬ 
ploitation  of  this  product  so  as  to  put  it  on  the 
market,  he  would,  of  course  have  been  compelled  to 
devote  suffioient  time  to  follow  it  up. 

Mr.  J.  S.  Monnot:  -2-  5-29-12 

But,  as  it  has  not  yet  been  put  into 
oommeroial  practice,  it  can  as  well  remain  in  abeyanoe 
for  awhile  until  he  has  been  able  to  bring  his  active 
interests  to  that  point  at  which  he  cun  leave  them  and 
give  his  attention  to  the  completion  of  the  poured 
oonorete  house. 

Mr.  Edison  would  be  very  sorry  indeed 
to  learn  that  investors  in  Europe  had  sunk  money  in 
an  enterprise  founded  upon  patents,  whioh  in  the  first 
place,  were  wrongfully  obtained  by  persons  not  entitled 
to  them. 

Yours  very  truly, 

for  Negro  occupants,  and  wish  you  would  kindly  Inform  me  whether  you 
have  any  moulds  suitable  for  the  purpose,  which  you  rent.  If  you  have 
such  moulds,  w.ill  you  advise  me  as  to  the  rental  value.  Also  forward  to 

me  a  diagram  of  the  floor  plans  and  exterior  views. 

The  dimensions  of  the  building  should  be  about  15  to  17  feet 
in  width,  and  about  22  to  28  feet  in  depth  and  one  story  in  height,  con¬ 
sisting  of  living  room,  sleeping  room,  and  kitchen.  No  improvements, 
excepting  running  water  and  sink.  The  house  should  have  a  front  and 
a  small  rear  porch  and  cement  roof.  There  should  be  air  space  of  1  foot 
to  1  foot  6  inches  between  roof  and  ceilingl  and  open  grate  in  front  room 
Also  give  information  regarding  a  double  house  with  three 
rooms  on  each  side,  with  approximate  cost  for  both  classes  of  houses. 

This  class  of  houses  is  wholly  unknown  in  this  section,  and 
it  appears  to  me  that  if  the  houses  are  desireable,  that  they  will  be 
more  sanitary  and  less  destructive  than  the  houses  now  occupied  by  that 
class  of  tenants.  , 


liiiuiirt  ©ffia, 

$)tti  h. 

iiSe51*"'  24th  July,  1912.  189 



I  beg  to  attach  hereto  a  letter  which  I 
addressed  to  you  on  the  29th  February  last,  but  which  has 
returned  to  me  marked  ".defused  by  Addressee". 

It  would  appear  that  the  stamps  which  were 
placed  on  the  envelope  prior  to  the  despatch  of  the 
communication  from  this  Office,  were  stolen  in  transit, 
and  I  am  no w  causing  enquiries  to  be  made  with  regard  to 
this  unsatisfactory  business. 

I  think  it  well,  however,  to  re-forward  my 
letter  and  accompanying  enclosure  to  you  ,  and  in  doing 
so  may  add  that  the  administration  of  the  "Workers'  Homes 
Act"  of  1911,  is  now  in  full  swing,  and  from  all  appearances 
will  prove  of  great  benefit  to  the  community. 

Any  further  information  which  you  may  care  to 

submit  with  regard  to  the  class  of  house  which  you  have 
had  under  consideration,  will  be  greatly  appreciated. 

P.3.  Since  writing  the  attached  letter  I  have  received  your  promised 
corrmuni cation  and  given  due  publicity  to  the  information 
. forwarded. 



gtentier’a  ©ffx«, 

29th  February,  1912. 

Sear  Sir— 

I  have  the  honour  to  confirm  my  cable  to  you 
of  the  25rd  inst. ,  reading 

“  Western  Australian  Government  giving 

attention  to  erection  Workers'  Homes  on 
extensive  scale.  Professor  Hills  when  here 
mentioned  your  proposals  regarding 
economical  construction  Will  you  supnly  defin¬ 
ite  information  respecting  same  and  can  we 
utilise  for  such  purposes  Host  of  reply  will 
be  defrayed  by  this  Government.  " 

and  to  acknowledge  receipt  of  your  reply  yesterday 
"  Will  mail  information. “ 

Under  separate  cover  I  am  sending  you  a 
copy  of  the  Workers’  Homes  Act  which  was  passed  in 
’parliament  of  this  State  during  last  Session,  even  a 
cursory  perusal  of  which  will,  I  think,  shew  you  what 
is  proposed  to  be  done. 

V/hen  Professor  Mills  was  here  a  short  time 
ago  he  mentioned  that  you  had  a  plan  for  the  economical 
construction  of  buildings,  and,  with  a  desire  of 
obtaining  information  first-hand  from  you,  I  cabled 
at  the  first  possible  date,  and  am  thus  looking  forward 
with  interest  to  the  receipt  of  your  letter,  which  I 
trust  will  be  of  such  a  nature  to  enable  us  to  come 

/to  , 


j  Thomas  Alva  Edison, Esq. , 

|  East  Orange , 

I  iiew  Jersey, 


VOodl and,  California,  July  30,  1912.  mfADOW  CROFT. 

Thos  A.  Edison,  MEAU'Jvv  ^ 

Orange  H.J.  . 

Doar  Sirj-  I  wi  very  anxioB  to  find  out  the  full  particulars  as 
to  the  way  your  cement  houses  are  built.  1  understand  of  course 
that  you  hare  the  construction  patented  but  I  want  to  know  what  they 
are  like  .  I  have  been  told  that  they  have  been  constructed  in 
Ifllwaukee  and  that  you  gave  the  Socialist  Government  of  that 
oitythe  privelege  of  using  your  patent. Is  there  no  chance  to  get  u 
m*  your  houses  here.I  have  always  had  my  heart  set  on  a  Cement 
House,  and  I  wish  you  would  let  me  know  about  your  houses  and  if 
I  oould  build  one. 

i >  Vex#  Truly, 


if  ^ 

'l’hocaa  A.  Edison,  Esq. 

Orange,  II.  J. 

Honored  and  Honorable  3ir;- 

Tliree  or  four  years  ago.  you  were  kind  enough  to  v;rite  me  an.  exceed¬ 
ingly  courteous  letter  regarding  the  popularization  of  "Concrete"  under  •. 
the  influences  of  ir.y  dear  Father,  — 

Mr .  Franklin  \7.  Smith,  -- 

of  the  Villa  Sorayua, 

St.  Augustine,  Fla. 

Tho  letter  was  forwarded  to  my  aged  Mother  abroad,  and  in  her 
travelling  from  place  "°  place,  —  it  was  lost. 

My  Father  passed -away  last  Autumn. 

My  purpose  in  now  writing  is,  —  to  ash  if  (at  your  own  convenience) 
you  could  send  me  a  duplicate  of  that  letter,  for  permanent  preservation. 

It  occurs  to  me  that  a  copy  can  be  found  in  your  files  --  hy  an  as¬ 
sistant,  with  practically  no  trouble  to  you. 

The  exact  date  is  wholly  forgotten,  except  —  it  was  about  the  time 
of  the  "Concrete  Exhibition"  in  the  Madison  Square  Garden,  where  you  had 
a  fine  exhibition  of  your  own  concrete  houses.  Under  the  initial  "3"  in 
your  files  of  that  date,  perhaps  the  copy  can  he  found,  ar.d  easily  "copied.” 

Otherwise,  a  paraphrase  of  the  thoughts  therein,  covering  your 
visit  to  our  concrete  villa,  and  tho  pioneer  work  of  my  Father,  leading 
the  way  to  the  present  tremendous  industry,  woul^f  he  a  frrtfasured  faj 
Yours  i 




roico«,\o"V"K5  NEW  YORK  October  18th,  1912. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.,  MEADOW  CROFT 

Orangem  H.J. 

Dear  Sir: 

Will  you  be  kind  enough  to  inform  me  where  I  can  obtain 
data  regarding  Edison  forms  used  in  the  construction  of  concrete 
houses.  I  am  particularly  desirous  of  finding  out  whether  or 
not  such  forms  ever  have  been  applied  to  the  construction  of 
small,  cheap  concrete  garages  and  if  so  where  a  description 
of  them  can  be  obtained. 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  the  favor  of . an  early  reply. 

Yours  truly, 

C  (°.tni<ze.'i-iiA.,,^  Mfitftn,* 

a-ttaf  'T/iC  -tittASett  /ii  v  /-a  n>t>l-/l-.  ,<* 

/fe  ^ove*nn>tjHJ>f—  a  JrU^e  <n<  a  £5*, 

/•’*  4*eii  <yfwy,  At  cxAiAn  /i^tru  s  n  „  «t  ;, 

>$^4'7****  <*/*  <PP/K<-S>itf  —  (Z&lt- 
ffl&utfef  (  /u'e/jjp'Ht  iti  <p 0 1<  4 

/^'V-  Ay  A,  «£  l.rAte  V^ 

•'  IVZt^r y>-ui 

C<f,ivnvuMe<L'1T>  -w  t-//T  /l.,,  „  >ty  Af(  /Li-, 

Strutt  /Let  t-,  >n  a  tC<L  J*.  taumfic.s 
/  *w  ruAtttue  , ,  ia  i^tCr'At  *u- 

a-S-fr  Si  'A'/it't(y  •’■Y~ 

•  tit}  -  'X mr-tc-i 
»tt>/  jAtt, 

i-y  Strode  . 



^  vfti 

■Lg'/tf-  S*e 


^  AND  PAC,F,C  Te*^  e 


My  dear  Mr.  Edison: - 


\  (j^^'Noveraber  lS^* 



'  ^ 


We  are  building  a  large  Terrainal\  belovAhe  ^ 
Horse  Shoe  at  Philadelphia,  and  our  Consulting  Engineer  has  informed 

i  of  at  least  100,000.  I  Take 

that  we  must  provide  for  a  populatioi 

house,  or  20,000  houses.  With  whom  may  I  deal 
of  20,000  Edison  Concrete  houses? 
the  cost—  1,000  of  them  to  be  of  a 

this  to  mean  five  to 
to  arrange  for  the  constructii 
Sive  roe  some  general  idea  as 
superior  class;  the  others  for  the  ordinary  workman. 

A3  we  purpose  to  make  our  piers  of  concrete,  we  will  also  ask 
for  prices  on  that  work. 

Very  truly  yours, 

"  Prflstdent. 





Mr.  Thomas  A.  Ji^ison,  ^ 

Menlo  Park,  .  " 

Orange ,  Hew  Jdrsay. 

Dear  Sir,-  ^  ^  ^  Ba1;hod  0f  steel  forms  for  uuiiding  a  series  , 
small  concrete  houses. 

11  deeply  interested  : 
C  such  houses  here 

a  tnis  method,  anu  would  like  to  ouila  a 
series  of  such  houses  here  m  the  boston  suburbs,  ana  I  Delieve  I  can 
bring  such  an  enterprise  to  a  successful  issue,  also 
fire-proof  and  water-proof  house  an  a  cost  of  aoouu  one-naif  tn  y 
nave  to  pay  for  one  in  wood,  concrete  or  concrete  oiocas. 

I  nave  been  interested  in  this  method  since  leaning  a  clipping  oy 
you,  in  19U7,  out  could  not  convince  myselx  they  could  oe  maue 
proof ,  -U  *  -ooro  ~il«  *8"  I  ‘  r”-  “*  J-  ^  ' '  ' 

z  zzs  *- 

Will  you  kindly  inrorm 
metnoa  ana  any  information  < 
to  furnish. 

ne  the. cost  tor  privilege  ofl  using  your 
a  this  matter  that  it  may  be  your  pleasure 

Tnanuiug  you  in  advance,  I  oeg  to  remain, 

Yours  very  truly. 

Doooaber  19,  1912 

Mr.  Martin  Laeraoea, 

Boulevard  Ever toon,  Ho.  12, 

Yliss ingen,  Holland. 

Dear  Sir:- 

In  viov/  of  tho  request  oontainod  in  your  letter 
to  Mr.  Dyer  of  September  16,  1912,  Hr.  Edison  has  sent  a 
letter  to  the  Minister  of  Agrioulturo,  Conimeroe  and  Industry, 
offering  and  granting  the  Government  of  Holland  permission 
to  use  his  invention  relating  to  the  easting  of  oomont  houses 
for  oertain  purposes.  A  oopy  of  this  lotter  is  onolosod 

The  references  to  the  following  publication  may 
bo  of  interest  to  you  in  oonneotion  with  the  use  of  olay 
in  o on o rote  mixtures 

Sabin  on  "Cement  and  Concrete" ,  London,  1906. 

Seo  art.  49,  "Effeot  of  Clay  on  Comont,  Mortar  and  Con¬ 
crete",  beginning  on  page  253,  also  paragraph  436,  "Clay 
in  Concrete",  beginning  on  page  305. 

.  Very  truly  yours, 


General  Counsel 




December  19,  1912 

To  His  Exoellenoy  The  Minister, 

Landbouw,  Handel  and  Industrie, 

The  Hague,  Hollsnd. 


In  By  letter  to  you  of  Unroll  9,  1912,  written  at  the 
request  of  Mr.  Martin  Laernoos  of  Vlioeingen,  Holland,  I  oommuni- 
oated  to  your  Government  certain  information  rolating  to  the  oon- 
crete  mixture,  which,  after  much  experimenting ,  I  had  found  satis¬ 
factory  ana  suooesBful  for  the  purpose  of  pouring  oonoreto  and 
oomont  houses. 

I  have  also  furnished  Mr.  Laernoos  oopios  of  the  follow¬ 
ing  of  my  United  States  patent  applications  to  bo  used  in  taking 
out  patontB  for  my  invention  in  Holland  or  in  opposing  the  grant 
of  patents  in  Holland  to  others  for  the  same  invontion:- 

A  copy  of  the  specification  and  drawings  in  ray  applica¬ 
tion  on  Cement  Buildings  and  Processes  of  Constructing  Same,  as 
filed  in  tho  United  Statos  Patont  Offloo  August  13,  1906. 

A  oopy  of  the  specification  and  drawings  in  my  applica¬ 
tion  on  Molds  for  Conoreto  Construction,  as  filed  in  tho  United 
Statos  Patont  Office  Deoembor  29,  1906. 

At  the  further  request  of  Mr.  Laernoos,  I  hereby  offer 
and  grant  permission  to  your  Government  to  employ  the  invention 
disolosod  in  my  said  letter  of  Ilaroh  9,  1912  and  in  my  heroin- 


before  mentioned  applications,  in  the  oastine  of  houses  for  work¬ 
ing  people  ana  for  the  poor  in  Holland,  to  make  uuoh  alterations 
in  my  said  invention  as  may  be  necessary  to  adapt  it  to  the  re¬ 
quirements  of  the  oountry  and  climate,  ana  to  use  the  information 
horotoforo  furnished  your  Government  ana  Hr.  Laernoes  in  prevent¬ 
ing  others  from  making  a  monopoly  of  my  said  invention,  ana  I 
furthermore  authorise  your  Government  to  permit  othor  persons 
and  societies  to  use  my  said  invention  for  the  purposes  herein¬ 
before  stated,  subject  to  ouch  restrictions  and  conditions  as 
your  Government  nay  see  fit  to  impose. 

Very  respectfully. 

(Signoa)  'f  ho s .  A.  Edison 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Charities  and  Loans  (E-12-26) 

This  folder  contains  unsolicited  correspondence  and  other  documents 
concerning  Edison's  charitable  contributions,  financial  assistance,  and 
donations  of  equipment.  In  addition  to  letters  relating  to  Edison's  donations 
to  organizations  such  as  the  Young  Men's  Christian  Association  of  the 
Oranges,  the  selected  items  include  fund-raising  appeals  made  on  behalf 
Sarah  Farmer,  the  daughter  of  electrical  pioneer  Moses  G.  Farmer.  Also 
included  is  a  letter  from  Andrew  Phillips  of  Michigan,  who  worked  with  Edison 
as  an  itinerant  telegrapher  in  Memphis. 

Less  than  1  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  letters  consist  primarily  of  requests  for  money.  Many  bear  Edison's 
notation,  "no  ans." 

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444  Fayerwkathkr  Ham., 
Nkw  Haven,  Conn. 

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On  March  2nd,  the  Hotchkiss  Class  of  1909  had  their  triennial  reunion  at  the  School. 

One  of  the  Members  suggested  that  the  Class  found  a  scholarship  as  a  token  of 
its  affection  for  the  School.  In  order  to  do  this  it  will  be  necessary  to  collect  the  sum 
of  five  thousand  dollars  ( $5,000 ),  the  annual  interest  on  which  will  be  sufficient  to  pay  for 
some  fellow’s  tuition  at  college. 

The  plan  for  selecting  the  student  to  whom  the  scholarship  shall  be  given  is  as 

The  faculty  shall  first  make  out  a  list  of  students  who  have  been  working  their 
way  through  school  and  whom  they  consider  most  worthy.  This  list  shall  then  be  submitted 
to  the  student  body  to  vote  upon.  The  student  receiving  the  largest  number  of  votes  shall  be 
awarded  the  scholarship.  I11  this  way  the  question  of  which  college  a  fellow  expects  to  attend 
will  not  enter  into  the  matter  at  all. 

The  suggestion  seemed  to  be  very  favorably  received,  both  by  the  Hotchkiss  faculty 
and  by  the  Members  of  the  1909  Class  who  were  present. 

While  the  matter  is  one  which  concerns  the  Class,  it  has  been  felt  that  parents  who 
had  sons  in  that  Class  would  also  be  interested  in  the  idea  and  wish  to  help  toward  getting 
the  five  thousand  dollars  ( $5,000 ).  With  a  view  of  determining  the  probable  success  of  this 
undertaking,  before  asking  for  final  contributions,  I  would  very  much  appreciate  an  indication 
from  you  on  enclosed  blank,  of  your  feelings  regarding  the  matter. 

This  is  the  first  thing  of  its  kind  which  has  been  attempted  by  a  Hotchkiss  Class, 
and  its  success  rests  entirely  upon  the  support  which  the  Members  of  the  1909  Class  give  it. 

Trusting  that  you  will  see  your  way  clear  toward  helping  out  in  this  worthy 
cause,  I  am, 

Yours  sincerely, 

4f'  J-* 

Secretary,  Hotchkiss  Class  1909. 

Checks  should  be  made  payable  to : 

Thomas  L.  Norton, 

Treasurer  of  Hotchkiss  School. 



444  Fayerweather  Hale, 

Yale  College,  New  Haven,  Conn. 

. 191 . 

Provided  that  the  entire  amount  of  $5,000  for  igog  Class  Scholarship  Fund  is 

subscribed  for,  I  will  contribute  to  said  fund . dollars, 

on  or  before . igi2. 

Signature . 

Address. . 

Remarks . . . 


ATTLE  CONVENTION— JUNE  10-13,  1912 

and  largely  in  the  oauaa  of  Universal  Peaoe.  Several  friendn  have  tahen 
the  matter  in  hand  and  it  is  proposed  not  only  to  seoure  direot  oontributions 
probably  to  hold  a  subscription  oonoert,  the  proceedings  of  vrhioh  will 
be  devoted  to  the  same  fuhd.  Hro.  Mead  oan  give  you  details  of  the  whole 

Believe  me, 

Yours  truly, 


39  Newbury  Street,  3oston,  Hues, , 
March  21,  1912. 

My  dear  Sir: 

You  may  recall  meeting  Mr.  Mead  and  mo  a  moment  at  the  banquet 
given  to  us  by  Count  Apponyi  and  the  Interparliamentary  Union  at  the  Hungarian 
hotel  at  Budapest  last  September. 

I  venture  to  address  you  to  enlist  your  interest  in  a  project  of 
Mr.  Edwin  Ginn  the  publisher,  of  Boston.  Ho  haB  for  months  most  generously 
been  providing  all  the  expenses  of  Kiss  Sarah  .T.  Fanner  of  Eliot.  Maine,  who 
is  the  only  child  of  Professor  Kosos  G.  Farmer,  the  eminent  electrician.  She 
has  been  a  great  Invalid,  but  though  now  much  bettor,  must  continue  to  havo  an 
attendant  indefinitely.  She  is  sixty-five  years  old,  and  though  she  has  a  home 
she  has  no  income.  Mr.  Ginn  feels  that  for  herself,  attendant,  doctor's  bills, 
etc.  she  should  have  anaanuity  of  ."■1800,  of  which  he  pledges  '600  if  the  other 
'1200  is  raised,  and  he  consents  to  be  trustee  of  the  whole  fund.  Mr.  Carnegie 
promises  $250,  Mr.  Charles  Coffin  $100,  and  another  friend^/BO. 

As  Miss  Farmer's  near  friends  have  small  means,  the  $^00  now 
remaining  to  bo  raised  we  hope  may  be  provided  by  those  who  nan  more  easily 
contribute  and  who  would  like  to  pay  a  tribute  to  Professor  Farmor's  service 
to  the  world  by  making  comfortable  Ma4  daughter's  remaining  years.  She  has 
boon  a  remarkable  noman,  Tcculiurly  lovablo  and  generous,  and  had  she  been 
less  benevolent  she  would  net  he  in  er  presor.t  situation. 

I  have  been  her  friend  from  girlhood,  and  am.  also  Mr.  Sir.n'B 

s  authority.  I  shall  be  especially  grateful  for  any- 
to  contribute  for  this  annuity  to  the  daughter  of 
pioneer  in  the  field  of  science 

friend,  and  write  under  h 
thing  that  you  may  see  fi 
one  whom  you  must  have  known  and  honored  a 
in  which  you  have  -won  such  renown. 

Very  respectfully. 



419  MAIN  STREET,  ORANGE,  N.  J. 

West  Orange, 
Dear  Sir:- 

paid  the  rental  of  the  rooms  at  Oakwood  Avenue  and  Earrow  Street 
occupied  hy  the  Colored  Branoh  of  the  Y.M.C.A.,  and  in  addition 
have  paid  half  of  the  Secretary's  salary,  the  total  of  the  two 
items  amounting  to  §720.00.  In  former  years  this  has  been  se¬ 
cured  in  part  by  direct  subscriptions  from  friends  of  the  work. 

We  have  not  yet  received  the  renewal  of  your  subscription  of 
§20.00.  May  we  not  count  on  you  for  this  before  May  the  10th  on 
which  date  our  books  will  bo  closed.  I  cannot  too  strongly  em¬ 
phasize  our  appreciation  of  your  help  in  past  years.  We  feel 
that  this  work  amply  deserves  continued  support. 

Yours  very  truly 

,  Dodd,  Treasurer. 

Young  Men's  Christian  Association 

419  MAIN  STREET,  ORANGE,  N.  J. 

Muy  3rd,  1913. 

Ur.  Thos.  A.  Edison, 

West  Orange,  N.  J. 

Bear  Sir:- 

On  behalf  of  the  Association  we  beg  to  acknowledge 
your  contribution  toward  the  current  expenses  and  to  assure  you 
that  this  expression  of  your  interest  and  co-opex-ation  in  oxir  work 
is  heartily  appreciated. 

Enclosed  herewith  Treasurer's  Receipt. 

j  Very  sincerely  yours,  ' 

— 7r, 

,  ,  General  Secretary. 

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contribution  of  .  ffl-ijj?  . .^TT^r. . Dollars, 

toward  the  current 


19  12 

Mr.  T.  A.  Edison, 

Llewellyn  Park, 

Y7.  Orange,  N.  J. 

Your  kind  offer  to  furnish  a  oar  on 
Orphans'  Day  iB  accepted  with  thanks  and 
if  you  will  have  same  in  front  of  the 
Newark  Motor  Club,  845  Broad  St.,  Newark,  H.J. 
opposite  the  Central  Railroad  at  12:30  P.  M. 
on  Thursday,  the  20th.,  Inst.,  we  will  en¬ 
deavor  to  give  these  little  ones  the  time  6f 
their  lives  and  we  know  you  will  receive  the 
proper  reward  for  your  generosity. 

Verjr  truly  yours, 


CLF/dC  "  LOCAL  M 

W.  S.  Jfunnel/y, 

fttalel  in  §)nin'inf.  PUleklmndiii 

A"».L, . ,1  Jl  ,Hrt  >hr,m  /U««L 

CLjalu  fuu,L  „J  Jfui  jLive  $U. 


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Orange  N 

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Capitalist,  to  use  some  of  hi' 

Industrial  school  here, 

a::  well  as  numbers  ^of  strong  healthy  youngsters 
in  ignorance. 




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I  liave  compara^Aly  hu£^|ij^  he  ylacl  to^conh^ 

suitable  .-rrounds,  (ahmxt  ^OQ  aeries  worth  $5000.“  '  "  ' 

can  ho  induced  to  erre! 
would  add  as  much 
he  known  in  it,  hut  woulVl  iiavev 
in  a  measure,  of  aiding 
paterened  after  some  of  our  WJsft^Tr 
service  than  all  of  Mr  Carnigics  Lihrar: 

I  hope  you  remember  my  place,  and 

S.  ^Mannellij, 

©i' flirt  ivi  fiiiirtal  ^nirti'lifuiflik. 

yl'umuL,  ami  afl  iilfirl  JNudiicL. 

Clnijo'm  @M.I*  ami  «IU  live  $U, 

The  land  X  have  selected  is  about  one  mile  From  Rail  Road  Station,  and  in 
my  opinion  is  an  ideal  location. 

A  small  portion  of  your  income  from  Mooving  picture  sIiowb,  would  soon 
build  a  very  creditable  school,  and  would  develop  some  of  our  crude  material, 
into  men  and  women. 

l  ideal  place  for  cefct,  every  thin?. 

-ou  occupied  while  here,  (  built  Since ( 
would  be  delighted  to  offer  you 
our  best,  for  few  or  many  days,  and  let  you  consider  my  proposition  after 
seeing  the  site  -and  seroundings. 

Pardon  me  for  suggesting, this  is 
quiet,  there  is  bath  attached  to  room. 
If  such  seroundings  would  suit  you,  1 

X  refer  you  to  J.B. Walker  CahSier  First  National  Ranh  and  A. II. Grigsby 
presdt.  Ditizcns  Nat.  Bank  both  Of  Centerville  Tcnn.  also  Ex.  Gov.  Benton 
Hcnillin,  Nashville,  1’cnn. 

Blease  let  me  hear  from  y< 



Nl  STREET,  ORANGE.  N.  . 

June  26th,  19l! 


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Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Llewellyn  Park,  V/.  0. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Recently  we  closed  our  fiscal  year  with  what  our  j 

Directors  believe  to  be  a  good  record  of  work  accomplished  and  [ 
fortunately  with  all  bills  paid.  The  budget  adopted  for  the 
coming  year  anticipates  about  the  usual  amount  of  receipts  from 
membership  fees  and  dormitory  rentals  and  estimates  that  $ 10,380 
will  be  needed  in  subscriptions  from  sustaining  members  and  friends. 
Our  Finance  Committee  is  very  desirous  that  you  will  continue 
your  subscription  of  $100.00.  We  are  always  in  special  need  of 
cash  at  the  opening  of  the  year.  If  you  can. conveniently  send 
a  check  at  thiB  time  your  kindness  will  be  very  much  appreciated. 

Yours  very  truly,  , 

'  General  Secretary. 

2  ^  _  /  7  /  i 

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Thcl'Hll-l'.  Edisou.Ga. 

Mr. Thomas  A. Edison, 

Orange, N.J. 

Bear  Sir:- 

Sept  26  1912 


It  has  recently  teen  brought  to  our  attention  that 

some  time  during  last  year  or  possibly  the  first  of  this  year, 
you  donated  the  stun  of  $100.00  to  the  fire  department  of  our 
town,  and  that  this  stun  was  forwarded  in  a  check  or  draft  to 
the  Ohief  of  our  fire  department. 

If  thiB  be  true, and  we  have  good  cause  to  think  it 
is  true, we  will  be  glad  if  you  will  give  us  some  information 
in  regard  to  this  matter.  If  you  forwarded  the  contribution 
in  the  shape  of  your  personal  oheok,  we  trust  you  can  send 
the  cancelled  item  to  us  for  our  inspection.  If  sent  otherwise , 
we  will  appreciate  the  facts  and  information  as  to  how  the 
sum  was  forwarded.  Thanking  you  in  udvance  for  the  information, 

copy, but  30  far  we  have  received  no  response. 

The  rauyor  of  our  town  has  nudo  many  inquiries  of 
us  in  regard  to  this  matter  and  has  earnestly  requested  that 
we  write  to  you  again, in  tho  desire  to  bring  same  to  some 

y/e  have  no  desire  to  trouble  you  and  it  may  be  that 
you  will  not  want  to  forward  us  tho  items  which  we  requested 
you  to  do.  We  would  .howovor  .lilro  to  have  a  further  reply  from 
you, especially  in  view  of  your  very  courteous  response  to 
our  first  requost  for  infprmation. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Mr .  H .  P .  Hiller .  3a  oy . , 

Hon.ThOQUQ  A. Edison  ,  J. 

Dear  Slr:- 

He  have  your  favor  of  the  SOth.ultimo, stating  that 
Mr.Ediaon  Boat  to  tho  Edison  Goorgiu  Piro  Dopartmont  on Juno 
13th. 1911  at  the  soliodtation  of  Chaa. E. Hennessey  hie  check 
for  $100.00.  You  also  give  us  the  endorsements  on  tho  chook 
and  stato  you  hold  a  receipt  from  Mr.Honnossey. 

V.'e  will  not  even  dignify  this  transaction  hy  saying 
it  is  graft  .which  is  too  soft  a  word.  Mr  .Hennessey  is  Chief 
of  the  Piro  Department  of  our  little  tov/n  by  virtue  o_  Jg® 
experience  in  this  class  of  work. not  hy  virtu*  Of  ^^oS&racter 
known  to  the  people  hore.  Ho  mo  credits  and  one 
trusts  him.  (The  town  council  is  deeply  grateful  lor  the 
good  intentions  of  Mr. Edison  and  his  generosity  in 
this  che ok  to  the  Edison  Georgia  Eire  Department. not  any  less 
bo  bocanse  no'  one  over  knew  about  the  aattor^or  the  town  se- 
oured  any  benefit  from  it. 

iioroo  two  weeks  ago, a  representative  of  the  Pubric  . 
Pire  Hose  Go.  Atlanta.Gu.  Btated  to  the  Mayor  and  Council  in 
session  that  you  had  sent  a  chock  to  our  fire  department  that 
Ur.HonneoBoy  ondoroed  sane  and  forwarded  it  to  a  olerk  in  thoir 
office, who  aooured  tho  oaah  thoroon  from  an  Atlanta  bunk  and 
sent  the  proceeds  t.o  Ur.Honnossey.  It  was  acting _on  -his  inti¬ 
mation  thut  wo  wroto  you  at  tho  solicitation  of  -ho  -own  olerk 
to  find  out  if  the  charge  had  any  baBis  in  faot. 

He  .are  confident  you  want  justice  done  in  this  mutter 
and  we  ask  that  you  send  to  uc  the  first  solicitation  of  Chas. 
E.Honnouaoy  asking  for  the  donation,  tho  oanoolled  chock 
endorsed  by  him  and  also  the  roooipt  Mr.Honneosoy  sent  you. 

V/o  dialiko  to  trouhlo  you  but  this  is  uforra  of  orookodnoBo 
which  should  be  punished  and  wo  ask  your  co-operation  to  the 
eztont  of  forwarding  the  items  mentioned. 

He  will  send  you  our  reoelpt  for  the  papers  and  will 
return  then  to  you  Just  as  soon  us  we  oun.  Of  ooursothepupers 
will  first  ha vo  to  go  into  ooiirt  and  we  might  want  to  hold  them 

Yours  very  truly. 



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Hr.  Ches.  K.  Hannesay, 

I’,  die  on,  Ga. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  acknowledge  with  than 
the  11th  inst.,  enclosing  $.20.00 
you  will  forward  the  balance  as 

Hov.  23,  1912. 

cs  receipt  of  yoxir  favor  of 
in  cash,  and  I  note  that 
soon  as  it  can  be  withdrawn. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  General  File  Series 

1912.  Christmas  and  New  Year  Greetings  [not  selected]  (E-12-27) 

This  folder  contains  Christmas  and  New  Year  greetings  from  Edison's 
family,  friends,  and  business  associates,  along  with  unsolicited  corres¬ 
pondence  from  the  general  public. 

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1912.  Cigarettes  (E-12-28) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  pertaining  to 
the  harmful  effects  of  tobacco  and  cigarettes.  The  two  selected  items  bear 
Edison's  reply  in  the  form  of  marginalia. 

The  unselected  material  consists  of  a  few  anti-cigarette  pamphlets. 



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Through  the  medium  of  one  of  the  New  YorJ?“"city  dailies, 
I  learn  that  you  are  prominent  and  active  in  the  anti -smoking 
agitation.  Tobacco  smoking  is  quite  often  called  a  "habit"  which 
term  is  misleading,  to  say  the  least,  but  if  a  habit,  it  is, 
like  liquor  drinking,  a  habit  born  of  a  craving  insatiate  and 
deep-seat ed. 

I  am  pleased  to  see  that  a  most  necessary  step  in  thus 
being  taken  in  defense  of  the  public  health,  and  hoOe  it  will  soon 
attain  the  proportions  of  a  solossal  movement,  country-wide,  yea, 
v/orld-wide,  but  am  sorry  to  note  what  I  believe  to  be  wrong 
methods,  policy,  direction  and  course. 

To  link  the  tobacco  smoking  question  up  with  the  anti - 
liquor  one  that  has  become  chronic,  through  the  employment  of 
puritanic,  erratic  measBres,  for  the  past  fifty  yearB  that  I  know 
of,  will  be  to  hinder  it,  I  feel  sure. 

What  we  want  to  do  right  at  the  start  of  this  most 
crying  need  is  to  treat  anti-tobacco  smoking  on  the  basis  of  a 
hygienic  movement  solely,  and  ignore  entirely  morals,  social 
status,  religion  and  all  else  in  this  connection. 

The  anti-liquor  people,  God  bless  them,  have  been 
banging  away  at  their  subject  in  all, the  ways  but  the  right  one 
for  between  fifty  and  sixty  years, ; and  there  is  at  present  more 
liquor  made  and -consumed  per  capita  than  ever  and  increasing 
all  the  time — - — and  this,  I  think,  is  the  test  of  whether 
they  have  failed  or  succeeded. 

I  don't  cite  this  in  order  to  say.  anything  derogatory 
to  the  anti-liquor  movement;  far  from  it;  but  just  to  safeguard 
the  possible  anti-tobacco  (hot  ni cotine  fumes)  movement  from 
committing  the  same  egregious  errors  along  the  same  lines. 

The  trouble  with  the  anti-liquor  people  was  that  they 
always  worked  through  the  legislatures,  etc.  to  compel,  by  Btatute, 
honesty,  morals,  appetite  and  all  else.  These  cannot  be  compelled 
by  statute.  What  we  want  to  do  in  the  latter  of  tobacco  iB  to 
inform  and  educute  humanity  as  to  the  exact  deleterious  effects 

of  tobacco  smoking  (hot  nibotine  fumes - masticating  it  is  another 

and  less  important  phase  of  the  subject)  on  the  human  system,  and 
having  shown  this  convincingly-- — beyond  the  peradventure  of  a 

doubt - it  then  becomes  a  matter' of  individual  responsibility, 

and  the  result  is  sure  if  slow.  No  one,  practically,  but  will 
protect  his  health  if  he  knows  how.  Nearly  all  the  advice  at  present 

.  Anrori  through  what  mifiht  be  deemed  the  moat  authoritative 

health^^even  ^ough^na^mign^  „otion  and  plBU8lM1jty>  and 

not  actually  worth  the  paper  it  is  printed  on, 

VJhen  a  proper  knowledge  is  obtained  by  the  masses  of  the 
effects  on  the  human  system  of.  hot  nicotine  fumes,  it  will,  no  _ 
doubt,  be  most  damaging  to  a  great  (tobacco)  manufacturing  industry, 
Vint-  it  i  a  at  a  terrible  sacrifice  of  human  life  at  present  and 
for  “long  while-past  that  that  industry  has.  bee: n  maintained  When 
the  proper  data  is  gleaned,  government  must  Mtean  exhaustive 
renort  with  the  appalling  disclosures,  the  life  insurance 
companies  must  act  accordingly,  the  medical  fraternity  must  yield- 
compliance,  the  big  Metropolitan  dailiest  must  expose  their  hand, 
and*1  the  game  is  practically  won.  But  ™sort  to  the 

worn-out,  puritanical  methods  of  the  Prohibitionists. 

As  to  the  exact  effectB  of  hot  nttcotine  fumes - atrocities 

of  Empress  Nicotiana— I  have  investigated  somewhat  myself  and 
have  a  good  deal  more  than  I  can  find  room  for  here. 

However  I  find  that  at  the  different  tuberculosis 
isolation  hospitals  in  and  around  New  York C^y,*|nd1  n8^yand 
Jersey  all  the  subjects  are,  almost  to  an  individual,  men  and 
those  men  all  smokers.  However,  the  doctors  and  the  newspapers 
are  guarding  this  information  against  disclosure  most  zealously. 

j  can  show  how  hot  nicotine  fumes,  constantly  wafted  through 
nasal  passages  and  alimentary  channels,  inflaming  membranes,-, 
produces  abnormal  heat,  spreads  the  pupils  of  eyes,  impairs 
sight,  renders  hearing  defective,  induces  baldness  and  causes 
insanity.  There  is  rarely  a  case  of  female  paresis;.  they  are  all 
men  and' all  tobacco  smokers.  The  baldheads  are  all  men;  rarely 
a  woman'. 

Epilepsy  and  apoplexy  can  all  be  traced  to  hot  nicotine 
sources - affecting  the  brain. 

All  those  so-called  "plauges '» ,  scourges  ,  etc.  can  be 
traced  to  smoking  by  man;  rarely  a  woman.  It  is  safe  to  say  that 
every  leper  is  a  smoker,  if  not  of  tobacco  then  opium;  a  woman 
leper  is  rare,  and  it  is  probable  you'll  find  her  a  smoker  of 
some  kind  at  that.  Investigate  this  for  yourself. 

This  is  not  all  that  smoking  is  doing.  There  is  a  possibility 
that  a  pre-natal- effect  could  be  shown.  When  all  is  shown  that 
can  be,  and  a  Government  report  is  brought  about,  about  25  to 
50  per  cent  of  medical  practice  and  business  for  the  doctors 
will  be  curtailed:  is  it  any  v/onder  then  that  they  want  to  keep 
if  auitet  if  the  medical  fraternity  IS  intelligent-  in  the  matter? 

It  is  stated  that  "5  per  cent  of  the  physicians  are  purely  of 
an  obstetric  persuasion,  and  intelligent  professionally  to  that 
extent  only.  So  any  initiative  is  very  unlikely  from  that  source. 

There  have  been  liberators  and  emnncipatorB  all  the  way 
from  Moses  down  (or  up)  tc  Lincoln,  but  a  greater  than  either  ^ 
of  them  is  yet.  to  come,  and  it  will  be  he  who  convincingly  inform 
humanity  of  the  exact  effect  and  symptoms  of  tobacco  smoking 
on  the  membranes  (the  seat  probably  of  all  disease)  of  the  human 


system,  inflaming  them,  creating  abnormal  temperature,  inhering 
susceptibility  and  diminishing  constitutional  resistance  with 
dire  consequences. 

Certainly  what  I  am  stating  ought  to  be  obviouB  to  the 
most  casual  observer.  If  started  right  now  any  movement  toward 
amelioration  is  late — years,  centuries  late — but  it's  never  too 
late,  etc. 

There  is  too  much  to  be  said  about  tobacco  and  its  results 
to  be  covered  within  the  limitB  of  a  letter  of  this  size.  There'B 
a  lot  of  humbuggery  being  employed  at  present  safeguarding  (J) 
the  public  health,  especially  along  tuberculosis  lines,  prevention 
of  tuberculosis,  etc.  is  of  little  avail  while  hot  nitotine 
flumes - Queen  Hicotiana - prevail,  dominate. 

As  to  the  initial  steps,  it  might  be  that  a  booklet,  for 
the  masses,  compact  and  comprehensive,  would  pave  the  way  to 
desired  ends.  But  who  is  the  modern  Moses  to  lead  humanity  out 
of  this  hot  nicotine  fume  wilderness  of  ignorance  and  slavery, 
disease  and  death?  He  must  be  honest  and  fearless  and  objective; — 
not  subjective.  A  small  financial  backing  must  be  had  to  procure 

In  the  sincere  hope  that  my  appeal  herewith  for  the 
common  good  will  not  be  in  fain,  I  am 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Clubs  and  Societies  (E-12-29) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
Edison's  membership  in,  and  activities  on  behalf  of,  social  clubs,  professional 
societies,  political  groups,  and  civic  organizations.  There  are  also  appeals 
from  charitable  organizations  and  a  few  letters  concerning  the  purchase  of 
professional  and  other  publications  for  Edison.  Among  the  documents  for 
1 91 2  are  solicitations  and  other  correspondence  pertaining  to  the  Deutsches 
Museum,  the  Luther  Burbank  Society,  the  New  Jersey  Chamber  of 
Commerce,  and  the  Technology  Club  of  New  York.  The  correspondents 
include  longtime  Edison  associate  Thomas  Commerford  Martin  and  George 
W.  Kittredge,  chief  engineer  of  the  New  York  Central  &  Hudson  River  Railroad 

Less  than  10  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
following  categories  of  documents  have  not  been  selected:  requests  for 
Edison's  autograph  or  signature,  including  its  reproduction;  form  letters  and 
other  routine  correspondence  regarding  meetings  and  activities;  invitations  . 
and  other  requests  that  Edison  either  declined  or  did  not  acknowledge; 
invitations  for  which  no  substantive  response  has  been  found; 
correspondence  from  organizations  in  which  Edison  was  not  involved; 
published  proceedings  and  printed  circulars;  and  duplicates. 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison:-  v 

V/lth  reference  onoe  more  to  the  Technology 
Club  Dinner  to  he  held  at  the  Knickerbocker  Hotel  on  Saturday 
evening,  January  13th: 

If  you  will  let  me  know  at  what  time  you  will 
arrive  in  Mew  York,  and  at  what  ferry,  I  shall  be  glad  to  arrange 
to  have  s  taxi  meet  you  at  the  ferry,  or  I  shall  be  glad  to  meet 
you  at  the  Knickerbocker  Hotel  at  any  hour  that  you  may  designate. 

If  you  will  have  your  Secretary  drop  me  a  note 
as  to  just  what  your  pleasure  is  in  this  matter,  I  shall  be  very 
gl&a  to  make  arrangments  accordingly. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  H.  J. 


Ky  dear  Ur.  Edison: 

I  want  to  thank  you  very  much  for  the  pleasure  y°u 
gave  us  all  in  coming  to  the  Technology  Banquet  at  the  Kniekerbocke: 
Hotel  last  Saturday,  the  13th  instant. 

I  regret  very  much  that  you  could  not  have  heard  Mr. 
Gilbert  Burgess's  remarks  in  regard  to  you  and  some  of  your  former 
inventions,  and  I  am  trying  to  get  a  stenographic  copy  of  them  in 

order  that  you  may  read  them. 

Your  presence  was  the  crowning  event  of  the  evening, 
and  I  have  heard  on  all  sides  expressions  of  great  gratification 
that  you  honored  us  with  your  visit. 

Again  thanking  you,  I  am. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Mr.  Thomas  Edison, 

Orange,  H.  J. 

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Hon.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
West  Orange, 

How  Jersey. 

Ky  dear  Mr.  Edison:- 

Sometime  ago  I  had  the  honor  to  invite 
yon  to  become  a  member  of  this  Committee  v/hioh  is  being 
organised  to  celebrate  the  one  hundredth  anniversary  of  the 
signing  of  the  Treaty  of  Ghent.  As  no  response  has  been 
received  from  you  I  assume  that  the  Committee's  communi¬ 
cation  was  either  lost  or  unconsciously  overlooked.  Won't 
you  permit  me  again  to  bring  the  matter  to  your  attention? 

The  enclosed  pamphlet  will  enlighten  you 
as  to  our  objects  and  plans  in  vi ew. 

Your  acceptance  imposes  no  obligation 
upon  you  excepting  that  which  you  may  voluntarily  devote  to 
our  cause,  and  there  are,  moreover,  no  dues  or  charges  of  any 
kind  other  than  those  voluntarily  contributed. 

Y/on't  you  have  the  good  nature  to  reply 


One  Hundredth 
Anniversary  of  Peace 


English  Speaking  Peoples 


A  General  Prospectus  of  the  Plan  and 
Purpose  of  the  National  Committee 
for  Its  Celebration 

American  Breeders'  association— Eugenics  section 


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Mr.  Thomas  A.  Sdison, 

March  28,  1912. 

Orange,  New  Jersey.  j\  v*t  ^ 

* dear  Sir!-  ^  ■'1/''*  r 

Some  months  ago  I  sent  you  copies  of  our  recoPds  j.~/| 
of  family  traits.  Your  secretary,  Mr.  Miller,  replied  that  f 
you  were  interested  and  that  you  might  sons  time  find  time  [ 
to  fill  out  the  records. 

He  have  just  devised  another  system  for  recording 
traits,  and  I  beg  to  inquire  whether  you  will  give  me  an  in¬ 
terview  some  time  within  the  next  two  or  three  weeks.  I  can 
secure  the  essential  facts  in  less  than  one  hour's  time,  "'e 
want  to  know  how  the  factors  contributing  to  the  inventive  . 
instinct  behave  in  heredity.  The  data  secured  from  this  in¬ 
terview  will  not  be  used  in  newspaper  articles,  but  we  shall 
want  to  use  it  in  our  bulletins  and  reports  .on  heredity. 

Ye  shall  very  much  appreciate  your  cooperation. 

Very  truly. 

. April  lot,  19X2. 

Fv  Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

X  thought  it  might  interest  you  to 
have  your  attention  called  to  the  recent  Bulletin  of 
the  Alliance  Franpaise,  in  which  your  election  to  mem¬ 
bership  is  referred  to. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  If. J. 

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My  daar  Friend:  ’  *  ^V0"  ^  lU  0^  ^ 

The  joint  annual  dinner  of  The  Associ¬ 
ated  Press  and  the  American  newspaper  Publishers’ 
Association  will  take  place  on  the  evening  of 
April  26th  at  the  Waldorf-Astoria.  Speaking  for 
myself  and  also  for  the  committee  of  arrangements, 
we  are  most  anxious  that  you  should  he  present  as 
the  chief  guest  of  honor.  I  know  perfectly  well 
your  dislike  for  publio  speaking,  and  if  you  de¬ 
sire  it  you  will  not  be  asked  to  say  a  word. 

There  will  be  present  seven  hundred  editors  of  the 
leading  newspapers  of  the  country,  and  we  are 
anxious  to  pay  you  a  well-deserved  tribute.  Some 
of  us  feel  that  an  ounoo  of  epitaph  while  a  man  is  ; 
living  is  worth  a  good  many  pounds  after  he  is  dead. 

I  mailed  you  a  formal  invitation  some 
days  ago,  and  this  is  only  a  word  to  emphasiz 
it.  I  should  be  greatly  gratified  at  your  ac 

With  all  good  wishes,  1  am. 

Sincerely  yours. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Llewellyn  Park,  Orange,  N.  J. 

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May  21,  1912 

Dear  ?fr.  Edison: 

On  behalf  of  my  wards  and  the  Association,  please  accept  most  hearty 
thanks  for  vour  welcome  gift  of  a  beautiful  new  phonograph.  The  first  person 
to  use  it  was  an  intelligent  man  who  was  suddenly  blinded  five  years  ago,  and 
who,  through  the  Association,  is  rapidly  becoming  again  a  practical  business 
nan.  He  writes  gleefully  about  your  new  machine: 

"I  wish  I  could  faintly  express,  and  that  you  could  partially  realize,  .. 
deop  Bense  of  gratitude  I  personally  feel  for  the  timely  and^genorous  gift, 
have  but  poorly  expressed  my  thanko,  but  trust  you  will  ““ 
sightless  grateful  man  whose  gloom  has  b 
the  new  path  which  haB  been  cut  for  him 

intent  of  a 
.  lessened  and  who  fancies  he  sees 
take  the  place  of  the  old  one  which 

X  shall  persist  in  the  hope  that  we  may  yet  have  the  pleasure  of  welcoming 
to  this  Lighthouse,  and  showing  you  our  efforts  to  find  light  through  work 
the  blind  who  have  been  so  greatly  asoisted  by  your  generosity. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq. 

Llewellyn  Park,  Orange,  N.J. 

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NEW  YORK  CITY  May  25  th,  1912. 

meadow, croft. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esqre,  ^ 

East  Orange,  N.  J.  ^ 

As  you  have  been  a-  generous  contributor^to  the 
National  Highways  Protective  Society  which  is  riow  in 
the  fourth  year  of  its  existence,  you  will  he ^in¬ 
terested  in  the  enclosed  report  of  the  increased  scope 
of  the  Society's  wort,  which  includes  Playgrounds; 
Children's  Farm  Garden;  Railroad  Grade  Crossing  Elim¬ 
ination;  the  doing  away  with  Obnoxious  Signs  and  Ad¬ 
vertisements  on  the  highways,  etc.  All  the  above  in 
addition  to  its  safe-guarding  the  highway,  means  more 
wort  and  expense. 

If  you  would  assist  us  by  interesting  your  friends 
so  that  they  will  become  members,  it  will  be  appreciated. 

Yours  very  truly, 


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To  be  held  in  Boston,  Massachusetts,  September  24  to  28,  1912 

t  June  13,  1912. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

East  Orange,  K.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 

On  behalf  of  the  Executive  Committee  on 
arrangements  for  the  forthcoming  International  Con¬ 
gress  of  Chambers  of  Commerce,  it  is  my  privilege 
and  pleasure  to  invite  you  to  allow  the  use  of 
your  name  as  one  of  the  American  Honorary  Committee. 
There  will  be  no  duties  whatever  devolve  upon  you. 

I  take  pleasure  in  enclosing  an  advance 
proof  of  a  list  of  the  American  Honorary  Committee 
up  to  date,  and  we  are  continually  adding  to  it. 
Therefore,  may  I  not  have  the  pleasure  of  your  ac¬ 

Very  truly  yours. 

Chairman,  American  Executive 





To  be  held  in  Boston,  Massachusetts,  September  24  to  28,  1912 

June  21,  1912. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange , 

Hew  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir: 

Let  me  personally  express  my  grati¬ 
fication  upon  your  acceptance  as  a  member  of 
the  American  Honorary  Committee  for  the  forth¬ 
coming  International  Congress  of  Chambers  of 
Commerce,  ana  to  sincerely  hope  that  you  may 
be  able  to  attend. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Chairman,  American  Executive 


The  first  concerted  movement  among  electr